Yu was born a commoner, over 1í700 years ago, at the end
of the Han Dynasty, completely unaware of the fact that he
was destined for greatness.
His first action that brought him notice was when he
came to the rescue of one of his neighbors, who had been
victimized by government officials who were, at that time,
was physically an extremely noticeable man, being very large
and powerful and having a distinct, red face.
He was considered quite a formidable adversary. As the word of his action against the government spread, his
peers began to consider him a local hero, and the continued
to respect him as he continued his assistance to those who
were helplessly being exploited.
His quest was to uphold justice as well as create
peace and order among his people.
He gained a threatening reputation among the
government officials who searched for him ceaselessly as
their hatred for him grew.
Emperor did not miss note of the deeds of Kwan, much to the
upset of the angry government officials.
The Emperor was an honorable man and called upon Kwan
to help him destroy the wickedness and treason that was
rampant within the infrastructure of the Imperial palace, as
well as the government and the army.
Kwan was very successful in the removal of the
objectionable issues faced by the Emperor, and Kwan was then
appointed the lucrative position of General.
Kwan led the Emperorís Army, known for his strength, and
particularly for his military genius.
He always stood up for justice and displayed honorable
mercy to those who were defenseless opponents.
He was revered for his wisdom, his honesty and his
he is still revered as a true legend, known and studied for
his high standards and virtues.
He is even recognized today as the Patron God of
Chinese Martial Arts. Paintings,
statues and other likenesses of General Kwan can be found in
almost every traditional Shaolin kung fu school. Many government offices, police stations and post offices
also display images of general Kwan, for his symbolic
representation of righteousness, loyalty, humbleness and
virtues have withstood the test of time and have traveled
down to us throughout the ages.
The most commonly recognized of these virtues is:
This is because knowledge is the only true knowledge,
and the understanding of knowledge is the only true
application of power.