Teacher (Shaolin Master - Mr. Lee's Teacher): What is the highest technique you hope to achieve?
Student (Character - Mr. Lee): To have no technique.
Teacher: Very good. What are your thoughts when facing an opponent?
Student: There is no opponent.
Teacher: And, why is that?
Student: Because the word "I" does not exist.
Teacher: So... continue
Student: A good fight should be... like a small play — but played seriously. A good martial artist does not become tense — but ready. Not thinking — yet not dreaming. Ready for whatever may come. When the opponent expands — I contract. When he contracts — I expand. And when there is an opportunity... I do not hit. "It" hits all by itself. [shows his fist]
Teacher: Now, you must remember. The enemy has only images and illusions, behind which he hides his true motives. Destroy the image and you will break the enemy. The "it" that you refer to is a powerful weapon, easily misused by the martial artist who deserts his vows.
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