The Gate refers to the training system of the Zenshida'i.
Generally speaking, there are two schools of martial arts, which are Yin and Yang, or, stated in Zenshida'i terms, "the Thunder and the Lightning." From the point of view of the martial arts, these may be classified as Internal Arts (Wudang gongfu, for instance, including xingyiquan,baguazhang, and taiqiquan) and External Arts (Shaolin gongfu, for instance, not to mention everything ranging from boxing to judo to jeet kun do). Although easy differentiation between the two schools is destined to be misleading- there is significant overlap between them- it is useful, in Zenshida'i parlance, to think of the Internal Arts as "soft" and the External Arts as "hard." These terms, however, must not be confused with the similar Mandarin terms neijia ("internal house") and waijia ("external house"), which in China referred simply to the point of origin of the martial arts; the Wudang martial arts had originated in China while the Shaolin martial arts had originated in India.
So the question beckons: Is Zenshida'i Silat an Internal Art or an External Art?
And the answer is: Both.
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