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Bit By The Bug

I want to share with you my experience with Tyler Kung Fu and Fitness. I’ve always been amazed with martial arts. From the first Karate Kid to Bloodsport, I’ve always wondered what it would be like to discipline your body to do things you never thought that it could do.

I’ve been training at TKKF for about a year now, and I feel that I am in the best physical shape of my life. I started out training in the Cross Training Combat class. The first day that I came in, Sifu Brandon Jones told me that it would be an intense work out, and was it ever. After the warm up I was about ready to quit, but the macho guy inside me had to save face. We did push ups, on our palms, on our finger tips, on our knuckles, and then came the sit ups, the leg lifts, the bag work out, the kicks, and the list goes on.

The next day I felt like I had ran a triathlon, but what I saw was what we were learning was REAL. The training that we were doing wasn’t only conditioning, but it was learning a reaction to what could happen in real life. We weren’t breaking boards, we were learning the applications of Mantis Kung Fu.

The combat class quickly led to Kung Fu. You see all the movies and the hoopla on T.V. but this was REAL. I guess that is the point that I want to drive across. I was just amazed and still am to this day that someone could train their body to sit in a horse stance for a solid hour, and hour squatting with your legs bent at a 90 degree angle, back straight, and breathing through the pain of your legs burning out of control and trying to keep them from collapsing. I have trouble fighting through two minutes.

And after a year you begin to think, hey I’m in great shape, I’ve learned a lot, and you realize that you haven’t even brushed the surface… and it drives you. It makes you think, what could I accomplish, how much harder could I train to be better, what could I read to make me a better martial artist, who can I talk with to teach me more, how early can I leave work today to go and train?

If you want to learn fancy kicks or how to break boards, I urge you to go somewhere else, but if you want REAL martial arts training, a caring staff of instructors, and the application of this training for real life self defense…come to TKKF.

Hi, I’m Jimmy Decker, and I’ve been bit by the BUG.

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2 Responses to “Bit By The Bug”

  1. Ja Gow Zack Permenter Says:

    Excellent post Jimmy! Over 7 years has gone by since the bug bit me, and what a journey it has been. From that experience I can verify how real it is, and how that your feeling of just brushing the surface does not go away. Mantis Kung Fu is a life long trail, which I am very glad to be walking. But Even more so, I am excited that I get to teach this wonderful art, helping others learn and grow in their own Kung Fu.

  2. Sihing Wintor Says:

    Yeah, I’m not sure how long i’ve been doing kung fu (less than 7 & more than 2?) but I do know that I still feel the same excitement that I did when I joined the instructor program and introduced myself with: “Hi I’m Wintor and I’m a Kung Fu junkie”. As I’ve been here longer, my excitement seems to have developed more from a general “this is so awesome” to a deep appreciation and excitement to what I’m actually doing/learning and I can’t wait to learn and do more! Keep up the enthusiasm Mr. Decker, we are happy to have you with us!