My face hurts.

Posted Fri Feb 11, 2005, 10:57 AM by Tracy

After missing nearly three weeks of training, I went back to kung fu class Wednesday night. As a welcome back gift I got a knee in the eye.

My eye is swollen and purple and my face hurts.

I took my 12-year old Saturn into the dealer this morning. The “service engine soon” and the ABS lights had been coming on lately. Turns out I need a new alternator. Big bucks. Plus the cam cover is leaking oil and the gasket needs replacing. More big bucks. Fine. Just fix the darn thing. I know how all that stuff works and why it needs fixing. Don’t waste my time explaining it to me. I gotta get back to work.

So why am I wasting my time blogging?


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About Mo Duk Pai

Mo Duk Pai kung fu is a modern American eclectic system of martial arts, combining hard- and soft-style techniques Mo Duk Pai, which translates to “Martial Ethical Way”, was founded by Professor Frederick D. King. For more information, to see photos or inquire about training, visit the Mo Duk Pai web site, which I also maintain. I have been training since 1996 and currently hold the rank of brown-black sash.


Sifu (pr. see-foo [Cantonese] or shur-foo [Mandarin]) is a Chinese term for Teacher. It also carries the connotation of Father (teacher-father), referring to a tradition of teaching martial arts within the family, as well as being a title of respect. In America the title sifu is given to both men and women. In Mo Duk Pai the title is awarded to 2nd degree black belts at their teacher’s discretion.


Qigong (pr. chee-gung) is the practice of Chinese exercises incorporating movement and posture, breathing and visualization. Qigong exercises focus on maintaining health by energizing and balancing one’s qi, or energy.