The traditional approach to learning the Chinese martial arts uses a lot of linguistic/cultural metaphors related to birds and animals and this is certainly true in their internal systems. A similar motivation can be found in the Western traditions in Aesop's Fables which is a collection of parables credited to a slave and storyteller by that name who is said to have lived in ancient Greece in the Sixth Century BCE. The stories associated with his name in which animals and birds act out short lessons with ethical morals have come down to modern times. In Europe, manuscripts in Latin and Greek were important avenues of transmission; and, on the arrival of printing, collections of Aesop's fables were among the earliest books printed in a variety of languages. Initially the fables were aimed at adults and covered ethical, religious, social and political themes. However, from the Renaissance onwards they were particularly used for the education of children.
Training seriously in the Chinese martial arts since 1973; accredited and teaching Yang Taijiquan since 1985 and Baguazhang since 1994.