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…

Mind of a Warrior

Recently I went over to one of my Kung Fu brother’s houses so we could practice our forms together. We spent about 4 hours outside in his backyard doing forms and playing hands (fighting with control). We then went inside of his house to get some much needed water refills. While we were inside I…

Art of Kung Fu Basketball

I had an interesting revelation the other day. I’ve been going and playing basketball with a friend here at school. He is 38, and I think and what people would consider “in shape” (weight lifter, etc). He is probably a little better than me at basketball. Anyway, we have been playing for a while. The…

Mindset

In everything you do, whether in kung fu, sports, or life in general,  it’s important to have the right mindset. All too often I see people who show no sign of work ethic in anything that they do. No will to try. Giving up, so afraid to lose. I can’t grasp that mentality, giving up…

The Fear of Running

In Kung Fu we don’t run, we know Kung Fu why would we…. That being said, running is absolutely an essential part of Kung Fu training. Why? Kung Fu like any other training requires hours of physical activity.  In order to train at a higher capacity your body, and more specifically, your cardiovascular system needs…

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…

A New Family

When I first walked through the doors of Tyler Kung Fu & Fitness, I never expected that I would become so consumed with this mesmerizing art. Nor did I ever think that I would become a part of the Instructor Program within 6 months of starting. I have dived so deep into the art that…

Never Quit, Never Lose Hope

My name is James and this is my story. After eleven years of marriage my parents got divorced because they both have incurable mental issues. (At that time I was just a baby). I lived with my mom until I was in third grade. She fed me lies about my grandparents and dad. At such…

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…