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…

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…

Ready For Some Football – Part One

To say that high school football in East Texas is a big deal, is an understatement. However, quitting football is even a bigger deal. During our eighth-grade year, John Cheng and I juggled kung fu training with playing football. After practices, we’d head home drenched in sweat with our entire muscular and skeletal systems shot….

The Day I Fought Chuck Norris’ Clone – El Final

…Oh crap! I’ve only sparred in class twice and now I’m about to fight Ranger J.J. McQuade. Miraculously I stood. My hands were at my side, feeling like concrete. My knees wobbled. I dragged my legs across the black line into the ring. I walked like a Zombie. I should’ve been praying, meditating or something…

The Day I Fought Chuck Norris’ Clone – Tres

…”Competitors,” a voice boomed over the PA, “we don’t have enough fighters in each rank to merit a contest so we will mix all belt ranks divided only by age. Please listen for your name.” Several competitors cheered, others booed. I wanted to throw-up. The great PA voice in the sky had just announced that…

The Day I Fought Chuck Norris’ Clone – Dos

…We demonstrated five more techniques and won first place. Great start to a first tournament. John and I went separate ways, and since I was a rookie, I entered white belt division. It was during roll call that I first saw him. I did a double take, blinked several times to be sure. I thought…

The Bug Within

It was an average enough day. Nothing out of the ordinary, when a strange man came up to me at work. I was helpful and got him what he needed, but I had second thoughts about his mental competence. He went on his way, and I went mine, thinking nothing more of him and moving on…

Kung Fu in Action

As Kung Fu students we train our bodies for many reasons and while these may be different for every person, self defense has always been a big part why I train so hard. I don’t believe in fighting and certainly think walking away or running like a scared first grader is the best line of…