Fighting the Frustration

In every student’s Kung Fu journey comes a point where they do not feel that they are progressing like they should. This has happened to everyone that has learned to fight in this way, back hundreds of years. It is completely normal, but it can be very frustrating. It is very much like walking through…

Been Caught Stealing

Honestly? I don’t like to fall. I don’t like to fall and I try to keep myself from falling as much as possible. Oh, I’ve practiced falling safely and I’ve been thrown (a lot), and I usually learn something valuable when I get thrown, but I still don’t like falling; it doesn’t feel good and…

Kung Fu: The Real McCoy

MMA and ground fighting are the new craze in martial arts. Every time you turn on the tube you can find a UFC fight and I can’t help but be interested. The people that train MMA are amazing athletes. Their bodies are in superior condition, through both physical strength and endurance training. I recently had the…

Forms vs. Fighting

I get this a lot: “I just wanna fight. Not waste time learning forms.” OK, I understand that way of thinking—for beginners. And I agree, however you will only remain a beginner if you keep that mindset. “That’s not true! What about UFC? Those guys don’t practice forms. They just fight and get better.” I…

Black Rings – Dying but Determined

This is the final post in the Black Rings series. Thank you for stopping by. Finally! I collapsed to my knees and was ready to crawl out the door when I realized that if I left, Sifu would see me as a quitter. I struggled back to my feet and began again, but Sifu said…

Black Rings – Muchacha…

This is the third post in the Black Rings series. Check back tomorrow to continue the story.      By bow one hundred, my right leg was on fire and I thought any more pressure would cause the knee to buckle. By one-fifty, every muscle in my back was in spasms. By two hundred, both legs…

To All The Would Be “Kung Fu Fighters”

Sifu Jones, the Ja Gows, and the Black Belts have always pushed the slow and soft way of learning how to fight in our often brutal system of Kung Fu. A few of the up and coming students witnessed something on Friday that proves that it works. What happened that afternoon is the result of…

Black Rings – The Bow

This is the second post in the Black Rings series. Check back tomorrow to continue the story.       His voice startled me. I had no idea he was standing behind me. I turned and looked up. Master Fogg was a tower of a man, lean with ripped muscles on top of more ripped muscles.      “Yes…

Black Rings

This is the first post in a series of four. Check back Monday to continue the story.      My first Kung Fu class was on a sweltering July night in 1982. I vividly remember the smell of the place as I entered the school. The air was heavy with sweat, Tiger Balm, Jow, soured carpet, and…

Determination

     Yesterday two students came in for a makeup Graduation. Both students are adults and the test was on a Wednesday night at 6:30. Those details are important because that’s the point.      Here are two adults. They have spouses, kids, jobs, “to-do” lists, bills to pay, and they’re tired and would probably rather go home….