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…

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,…

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…

Kung Fu Holidays

During the Thanksgiving and Christmas season it’s easy to become preoccupied with all of the holiday frills that we often let our guards down, especially when it comes to our children. I have many parents ask for some simple ways to make sure their child is safe during the countless shopping trips. So here are…

The Ninja

One year into opening Tyler Kung Fu, I had the privilege of meeting a ninja-well, sort of. Shuffling through paperwork one Tuesday morning in April I answered the phone, and on the other end of the line was a ninja. The conversation went like this: “Good morning, Tyler Kung Fu & Fitness.” “Yes, are you…

Think Like a Super Hero

Parents often ask if the martial arts will help or hurt their already aggressive-behaving child. I understand the parents’ concern, particularly in the way Hollywood portrays the martial arts. Often a violent cartoon or “kid’s” program showing bloody martial arts fight scenes is all a mom sees. So when little Taylor asks if he can…

600 to 1 Odds

After Ehud came Shamgar son of Anath, who struck down six hundred Philistines with an ox-goad. He too saved Israel. Judges 3:31 October 1, 2010 marked the fourteenth anniversary for Tyler Kung Fu & Fitness. After writing that, I had to stop a moment and let the weight of those words settle in. It’s not…