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ln the Chinese martial arts various schools and fighting techniques developed manly because of different styles and philosophies. The terms soft and hard refer to different styles; the terms monk and warrior refer to different philosophies. Gohn Dagow is a soft, monk form, but to understand Gohn Dagow, it is essential to understand the meaning of soft and hard, and monk and warrior.
Soft style movements are different from hard style movements. Soft styles emphasize internal power; hard styles emphasize external, physical power. Hard styles mainly display tense, sharp, rigid movements. Soft styles exemplify flowing motions. Tremendous speed can be developed in both styles, but tension helps create rigidity. Soft styles emphasize internal power, chi. They may also teach the development of extraordinary physical strength and body conditioning, kung. Although hard styles emphasize external, physical power, they may also teach self-control and the development of chi.
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As the sapling is bent,
so grows the tree.