Everything I need to know I learned in Mo Duk Pai.

Posted Tue Mar 07, 2006, 02:00 AM by Tracy
  1. Breathe.
  2. Relax.
  3. Stay centered.
  4. Take small angles.
  5. Handle one thing at a time.
  6. To go high, fake low. To go low, fake high.
  7. Never let a sifu get a hold of your fingers.
  8. Finish strong. Don’t stop until the job is complete.
  9. A serious injury is not the end of the world.
  10. Thumping on each other can be fun.
  11. You can do more than you think you can.
  12. Never give up.
  13. Don’t waste energy struggling needlessly when you’re in a bad position. Wait for an opening and take it.
  14. Keep your eyes open.
  15. Extend your energy.
  16. There’s always something new to learn.
  17. Keep practicing the basics.
  18. You’ve got more than one tool at your disposal – use them.
  19. Don’t get stuck in your own head.
  20. Pain is just pain. It’s nothing to get fixated on.
  21. You don’t have to go fast to be fast.
  22. Have fun.


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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.