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…

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,…

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…

Veteran’s Day

I was ready to post on the topic of learning to fight without learning the numerous forms associated with Mantis KF, when the following hit me. (Will discuss the forms topic soon) As I post this, the morning rain outside my window is pounding everything in its path. The creek running alongside my house is…

Boxer Rebellion v2.0:

…”Dude, you’re in my room.” I had to get my legs untangled from my sheets. I wanted to kick him in the head first. “Screw ‘em,” Jeff shouted. He lunged and smacked the guy closest to him in the jaw. Then all hell broke lose. As Jeff swung away, I dove off my bunk and…

Boxer Rebellion v1.0:

You know when you have those dreams where you’re running around in your underwear? Well, that happened to me in reality. One of the craziest experiences I’ve had defending myself was in college when my roommate and I took on an entire fraternity inside our Cracker-Jack-box-size dorm room. He was fully clothed and drunk. I…

Forms vs. Fighting

I get this a lot: “I just wanna fight. Not waste time learning forms.” OK, I understand that way of thinking—for beginners. And I agree, however you will only remain a beginner if you keep that mindset. “That’s not true! What about UFC? Those guys don’t practice forms. They just fight and get better.” I…