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…

ART OF SURVIVAL

I’m writing this in the car on the way back from a week vacation in the mountains of Oklahoma. This was a much needed break in the middle of some of the most arduous and time consuming courses of medical school. It let me take some time to considered my life, where I’ve come, what…

Martial Arts: The Ultimate Cross-Training

Looking for a way to supplement your workout? Martial arts is the answer. What started in the 90’s with Billy Blanks’ Tae Bo program, and now with the explosively popular MMA or mixed martial arts craze, fitness experts and exercise enthusiasts have taken note of adding martial arts to their training regimen. What people 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…

Five Finger Death Touch – Mrs. Jones in Action:

*** “Joseph, stand up and tell us about 1812.” Joseph sat to my right, two rows over. At the sound of his name, he slumped over as if he had a heart attack. “OOhs” and “uh-ohs” filled the room. As he stood, I could see his hands trembling. His brown hair covered his eyes but…

Five Finger Death Touch – Mrs. Jones Returns:

This tale comes with a warning: (To better prepare you for what you’re about to read, please search the archive and read the blog titled, Mrs. Jones, before going any further. For those of you who have . . . well, you’re on your own.) And yes, all of it is true. There was a…

The Seven Coolest Things Sifu Fogg Has Ever Done:

7.   Kung Fu Phony: Back before cell phones, Sifu carried around a big white cordless phone while he taught class at the old Marshall school. It seemed to always ring during Horse Stance time and it was always some student from another country whom he hadn’t talked to in years. I hated those students. One…

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).  …