Living on Tracy time.

Posted Fri Mar 11, 2005, 11:47 AM by Tracy

Friday mornings I drive out to my kung fu instructors’ house for 6am Qigong (chee-gung), Chinese internal exercises. This morning the alarm went off as usual, I changed into sweats and made my coffee, then got myself out the door.

I noticed how light it’s getting in the mornings, as the days lengthen. I pulled up to my instructors’ house and they asked me, if I were in a different time zone.

I was an entire hour late.

I have two settings on my alarm clock: 5:30am and 6:30am. Guess which one I had set.

Also: today is E’s birthday. He’s 47.


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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.