Quit?

As some of you may be aware, last weekend was our yearly national titling in Austin, Tx where many of the schools associated with The United States Kung Fu Exchange gather to test our upper level students.   This year, we had two students ready to title, Philip Anthony (Level 2) and Tina Knight (Level  1).  …

Stretched Thin

I have been asked several times “How do you balance Kung Fu and your normal life?” For several years now, I can not separate Kung Fu from my “normal life”… its one and the same. But I completely understand why the question is asked. The more applicable question is actually “How do you fit Kung…

The Bonds We Build

As most of you know, I have had to do some extensive traveling over the last year or so. It has been very difficult to be away from my family but sometimes we must do something that we are not happy with to better benefit those who depend on us. But in addition to my…

I am a Martial Artist

A poem that I found very interesting: I am a martial artist. I see through different eyes. I see a bigger picture when others see gray skies. Though many can’t conceive it, I stand…facing the wind. My bravery, not from fighting, but from my strength within. I am a martial artist. I’ll walk the extra…

The Importance of Horse Stance

I feel that I should begin with saying that I am in no way a Horse Stance Expert. Like everyone else, my horse stance needs constant work. Every so often, I have to look at my Horse Stance and try to make improvements where I can. I am currently trying to get back into real…

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…

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…

Softness version 2.0: Misunderstandings

The topic of softness is usually grossly misunderstood in the world of Martial Arts. When most people in America think about Martial Arts, they think Karate or Taekwondo, both of which are “hard” styles. What they and many students of both, do not understand is that in the upper levels, they both move towards softness….

The Real McChi

One of the most misunderstood aspects of Kung Fu is the power of Chi. The simple explanation is that Chi is our inner energy. In some circles, Chi is given an almost mythical representation that is far from the truth. We have all seen the movies where they use “Chi Magic” or somehow move something…

What is Softness?

One of the major differences in our style from others such as Karate or Taekwondo is that ours is a “soft” style. I have been asked several times to explain why this is and how it is beneficial. This can be a long explanation, which I will be covering different aspects in the coming weeks,…