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…

Caramel Apples

A couple years ago had you asked me, “What thoughts would go through your mind if someone walked up and pushed you?” I would have probably said that it would make me mad and I would push back. I know the correct response should have been to turn the other cheek, but as you 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…

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…