Bad knee, worse knee.

Posted Sun May 15, 2005, 09:16 AM by Tracy

Last Thursday’s kung fu class was pretty intense. We did repeated multi-person attacks at medium and three-quarter speed. A couple people are preparing for their brown-belt tests in a month, so their control is, shall we say, less than ideal.

My left knee, formerly known as “the good knee”, took a beating. It wasn’t until I got home that the adrenaline had worn off and it really hurt. There’s a nasty bruise below the patella, but the pain is on the inside of the patella. It feels like ligament tears or at least stretching. Lateral and twisting movements are painful. Bending is limited.

A few days after there is definite improvement. I don’t think I’ll have to see the doctor about this one. Luckily I have a small knee brace (not the “mother of all braces”) from a couple years ago when I tore ligaments in the right knee. It gives some lateral support.

I’m moving pretty well today.


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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.


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