Wu De – Martial Virtue

Wu De – Martial Virtue

Wu De, “Martial Virtue”, or “Martial Ethics”, is the code of Ethics or Morality of the Chinese Martial Artist.  Wu De refers to being righteous and just in your actions.  The clearest definition of Wu De is in The Wu De Sutra attributed to Kwan Gong, the Chinese “God of War”.

Kwan Gong was originally known as Kwan Yu and he was a famous general in the Han dynasty who was an example of righteous and just behavior.  After he died, he quickly rose thru the ranks in heaven, becoming the “God of War”.  The essence of his teaching on Wu De can be summed up as “Doing good deeds yields rewards and bad deeds yields punishments. You cannot hide actions or intentions from the gods and punishments and rewards are certain and unavoidable.”

Rachel Jensen, M.A Translation and Interpretation, Bath University, UK, has translated an official version of this Sutra obtained from the worldwide headquarters of the Kwan Gong cult in Tainan, Taiwan and translated it.

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