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…

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…

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…

Kung Fu vs. Dracula – Part I

[reposted for the holidays!] Students often ask, “When does Kung Fu become natural?” or “How do I know if I really know it?” My answer: visit a haunted house. One October, my church youth group went to the Louisiana State Fair. It was an awesome trip. My favorite girlfriend of all time (except, of course,…

PASSION

Passion   Recently, I attended a memorial service for one of the kung fu greats, Grandmaster Josephus Colvin, famously known as Kung Fu Joe. Sitting there in the brown folding chairs, scrunched elbow-to-elbow with my kung fu family inside the sparsely decorated Hawkins Community Center, the one word that kept coming to my mind was…

Kung Fu According to Van Halen

Though he would probably disagree with me, John (Sifu Cheng) is the only person I’ve ever seen move faster than Eddie Van Halen’s fingers in his classic guitar solo, “Eruption”. Until a recent visit to our old neighborhood, I hadn’t thought about that image in a long time. Driving through the entrance gates of Country…

They Don’t Understand

With blood streaming from his nose, I watched the student struggle back to his feet. He stumbled, fighting to remain vertical. Fatigued and cramped muscles had mercilessly seized his legs. His forehead was purple and knotted. Blood seeped from a gash on his left cheek. His clothes were unrecognizable from the spattered mud, blood, and…