Who’s Yo Daddy? A Chuck Norris Tale

In past blogs I’ve portrayed Sifu Fogg as a hard-nosed, no-nonsense task master. At times it felt like he was, but truth is, Mr. Fogg is very laid back and has a great sense of humor. While sweating blood to earn my bachelors at Stephen F. in Nacogdoches, Sifu Fogg was there as well completing…

The Seven Coolest Things Sifu Fogg Has Ever Done:

7.   Kung Fu Phony: Back before cell phones, Sifu carried around a big white cordless phone while he taught class at the old Marshall school. It seemed to always ring during Horse Stance time and it was always some student from another country whom he hadn’t talked to in years. I hated those students. One…

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).  …

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…

Become the Principles: Part I in the series

The young monk slowly picked himself up off the hard brick floor. He tried to ignore his kung fu brothers’ whispers but Grandmaster’s disapproving stare hit him harder than his opponent’s tiger claw just did. He stifled a groan when he stood straight. Every joint in his body ached, even among his toes. The puffy…

Hell’s Angel

Growing up in the kung fu world of Sifu Fogg was always adventurous. One lesson he taught me early on was that you have to stand on your own kung fu. Meaning the art must become your own; your skills; your talents. You must have confidence in your own ability. Well, Sifu Fogg has a…

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…

And He Could Show Up Any Day Now…

We hovered around the door, watching the young man testing play his staff form for a minute or so before the baritone voice of Sigung Fogg asked; “Would you guys like to come in?” Everyone stopped what they were doing to find some extra chairs as we tried to quickly (and subtly?) make our way…

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…

Black Rings – Muchacha…

This is the third post in the Black Rings series. Check back tomorrow to continue the story.      By bow one hundred, my right leg was on fire and I thought any more pressure would cause the knee to buckle. By one-fifty, every muscle in my back was in spasms. By two hundred, both legs…