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…

Kung Fu is in Everything! (Karate Kid 2010)

“Kung fu is in everything.” When Jackie Chan said that in the new Karate Kid, I actually jumped to my feet, shouted, “Yes”, and clapped my hands. My daughters tried to bury themselves under the seat and pleaded with me to stop doing that. I couldn’t help it. That one line nailed the entire essence…

For Real

Last Tuesday I learned real kung fu. A new student who recently moved to the U.S. approached me after the morning class and asked me to watch him practice with the walking stick (short staff). He swung the staff with such intensity and focus that I remember thinking, Wow, he’s doing this as if his…

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…