What a way to start the year.

Posted Sun Jan 08, 2006, 15:52 PM by Tracy

I’m not in this picture, but I was in the river at noon on Jan 1. Our annual Mo Duk Pai tradition continued. We’ve been doing this for over 20 years, I think. I’ve done it every year I’ve trained but one, when I had a cold and thought it not a good idea. And the year it snowed so much we couldn’t get there.

Funny thing, I don’t mind getting cold and wet this one day of the year. Any other time I hate it as much as anyone. It’s just mind over matter. I’m cold, I’m wet, but I don’t care. In fact, I kind of like it? Of course, it helps that our weather is relatively mild. I might be of a different mind if we were in Minnesota.


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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.