Referring to philosophy in martial arts has many levels of meaning. There is the philosophy of physical training and there is martial virtue, called wude (pronounced woo-day) in Chinese, which is the moral core of martial art philosophy. The essence of wude is respect and courtesy. Additionally traditional Chinese martial arts have been influenced by a variety of thought including Chan (Chinese Zen) and Daoism. Both of these schools are similar in their pursuit of understanding the mind. What we gain in our martial art practice from Chan and Dao is the emphasis on developing a healthy mind as well as a healthy body.