primary intent of the martial arts, aside
from self defense, was to evolve the human
being to a greater state. A great service
was performed by the Shaolin monks in China,
who began the martial arts, by pointing the
way toward human perfection, or evolution,
as having to address or focus on the three
parts of man: the body, the mind, and the
aware life force itself – the spiritual
being. It was realized that each part, as
unique and different from the others, would
require knowledge and developmental methods
specific to that one part.
there was physical training, pertaining to
self defense and mastery over one's body.
Then there was meditation - a type of mental
training used to quiet the mind, or focus
its resources on knowledge of specific matters
to better understand or resolve them. Thus
the mind could be mastered; its abilities
unlocked, and like a computer, could be controlled
at the direction of the individual.
the great distractions from the body and the
mind finally allows one the ability to view,
understand, and deal with his essence - all
that is left of him - the spiritual being
himself. On this level, one must make an assessment
of one's values, attitudes, and actions -
and then remake one's own character according
to personal choice.
development of one's character is fundamental
to the martial arts - if the purpose of molding
a better person and then a better world is
to be obtained. Certainly, lethal fighting
skills cannot be given to anyone without also
instilling an equally strong moral code and
an ability for ethical judgment. The A.C.K.
devotes an exclusive training level solely
to character development, and an enhancement
of the individual on a personal level. Character
is molded through a study of the various virtues,
and the ethics and responsibility of the use
advanced technology of the A.C.K. develops
an individual whose personal power comes from
his ability to connect to virtuous energy
sources outside himself, and focus them in
his actions through an unshakable perspective
of moral and ethical values and a broader
understanding of the purpose of life itself.
He is developed not just as a Warrior, but
as a Sage as well.
following articles are an example of going
beyond physical training and addressing mental
attitudes and abilities.