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,…

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…

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).  …

The Hole Inside

The Kung Fu that Sifu Jones teaches fills the hole inside me. Wow, what a statement. Let me clarify. I believe that most of us at some point feel incomplete. That we’re missing something in life. But we continue on doing the same old thing. Work, sleep, eat, entertain ourselves, go to church, spend time…

Lethal Weapon

The first action you must take after achieving your black belt is to register your hands as lethal weapons. It’s you civic duty to inform society how dangerous you are. I remember the day I did. It was a horribly miserable August afternoon. Bleeding, bruised, and covered in dirt, from already enduring a twelve hour…

Committed or Interested?

There’s a difference between interests and commitment. When you’re interested in something, you do it only when circumstances permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results. – Art Turock Think about that quote for a moment. It reveals the secret to success. Commitment. That’s the answer. Whether for the practice of…

Karate: The Way of Elvis

People often ask me if Kung Fu, or specifically mantis, is the only martial art I’ve done. My initial response is yes. I’ve practiced Mantis exclusively since 1982. However, before I found the Fu, I found Karate . . . Elvis Style! When I was six, I watched this huge man shatter a brick with…

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…

Black Rings – Dying but Determined

This is the final post in the Black Rings series. Thank you for stopping by. Finally! I collapsed to my knees and was ready to crawl out the door when I realized that if I left, Sifu would see me as a quitter. I struggled back to my feet and began again, but Sifu said…