Chicks and Vampires

Students often ask, “How do I know if I really know Kung Fu?” My answer: visit a haunted house. One October, my church youth group went to the Louisiana State Fair. My girlfriend, Leslie and I walked the entire park arm-in-arm, intoxicated with the alluring aroma of funnel cakes, corndogs, and cotton candy. We rode…

Just like Bourne

The power of a book. I vividly remember my father handing me the thick hardback and saying, “Read this. I think you’ll enjoy it.” Dad had no idea that he’d just laid something in my hands that would set the course for my life. I was fourteen and had never heard of Robert Ludlum or…

Lola and Lone Wolf McQuade

Ever remember something from your past and say, “What was I thinking?”    Unfortunately, I have many. One event that comes to mind happened on a Friday night in the spring of 1983. Mom had just dropped me off behind the Cinema (In the pre-driving days, to retain your cool-kid status, you could never allow anyone…

Who’s Yo Daddy? A Chuck Norris Tale

In past blogs I’ve portrayed Sifu Fogg as a hard-nosed, no-nonsense task master. At times it felt like he was, but truth is, Mr. Fogg is very laid back and has a great sense of humor. While sweating blood to earn my bachelors at Stephen F. in Nacogdoches, Sifu Fogg was there as well completing…

Little Boy to Young Warrior

Most of you probably know me as the tall, always smiling, confident guy at Tyler Kung Fu and Fitness. If so,  I understand why, because that is who I am. I’m always happy to meet new people, and 99% of the time I’m in a good mood. I’m laid back and go with the flow…

Kung Fu is Everything

One night my eight year-old asked to read Sifu Fogg’s book before bed. Awesome, I though. My son loves Kung Fu as much as I do. We started at the beginning where Fogg talks about our history, where we came from and how the Mantis System was born and developed. As we read, I try…

November 11

As I write this, the morning rain outside my window is pounding everything in its path. The creek running alongside my house is beginning to flood my front yard and strong winds force huge pines to bow. The sky is a purplish gray. I’m cold. I find myself wishing for a sunny day, feeling down…

Life After Black . . .

It seems like so long ago that I walked through the doors of Tyler Kung Fu & Fitness…..  a life long goal to be realized, obtain a Black Belt.  Now that I that I have achieved this goal things have changed, in a good way. 1 in 10,000, that’s the number that sticks in my…

The Box

I’ve been teaching kung fu for a little more than a year now and I have gotten a much better understanding of it than most people (average Joes). However, having a good understanding comes at somewhat of a price. You could call it a limitation. I have to stay inside the box. What is the…

Kung Fu vs. Dracula – Part II

…Something started pounding the wall next to me. My girlfriend screamed, digging her fingernails into my arm. Strobe lights went berserk, flashing the walls with images of demons. That haunting kill, kill, kill, sound effect that’s on Friday the 13th started playing. The walls pounded again. The floor shook. Demons shrieked. People were cursing, begging…