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A Shifu is technically a Master in something. It is not only applied to Martial Arts either. When someone masters an art, trade or skill, they can be considered a Shifu. That is, they have achieved the highest form of a certain skill. Being a Shifu generally also means you have enough knowledge to teach others in the art, trade or skill. However, not every ...


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My understanding is that "eat bitter" is perseverance through hardship. There are old Chinese idioms that are 4 characters, like "eat bitter taste sweet" meaning something like suffering now brings rewards later - in this case the suffering is hard training and the reward is gongfu. There's another one like "not bitter not tea" ...


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