It's all about the confront.

Posted Sun Sep 11, 2005, 13:11 PM by Tracy

When we first started having advanced classes I was kind of scared. I expected every class to be a “guts” class, the kind of hard constant physical workout that makes you want puke your guts.

Now I look forward to our two-hour classes the second Saturday of every month. They are intense, but as emotionally intense as physical – sometimes even more so (bring out the practice knives!)

This last Saturday was another good class. I was paired up with Sifu Jack for a contront drill. We practiced attacking each straight on (slow speed). As S.Jack attacked me he encouraged me to keep my energy out, calling me out whenever I withdrew energetically. He tapped and slapped my face and told me to stay present.

I found it very challenging to both stay fully present and react appropriately. I learned that if I can’t see, I think I can’t be present. Now I get to figure out how to do that: how to project energy even when I’m not able to make eye contact with my partner.


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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.