Posted Sat Mar 19, 2005, 19:33 PM by Tracy

My kung fu buddy Jason is going up for black belt in a couple months. We tested for brown belt together 3-1/2 years ago. He’s been ramping up his training the last few months in preparation. This morning I picked him up and we trained together for 3 hours, including an hour at a sparring class at our sister school.

Another schoolmate, who began training after me, is about to test for a rank above me, which made me want to test as well. Jealousy and competitiveness can be quite the motivator, after all.

About half way through sparring class I ran out of gas. I thought, it would be perfectly okay with me if she tested and I didn’t. I’d be okay with that.


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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.