Four weeks out.

Posted Sun Mar 19, 2006, 12:29 PM by Tracy

I had another testing dream last night. It was just the beginning of the test and the floor was crowded with testers. I almost forgot I was supposed to line up because I’m so used to just being a helper. I had a little trouble getting my socks and shoes on. I was wearing my favorite sweater, which I know is going to be awfully hot.

The test starts and I’m called out before the board. Sifu asks me what is it that causes constriction when a piece of clothing is too tight. At first I couldn’t think of the answer and was about to say that I didn’t know. Then I remembered: tension in the body.

This is my reminder to myself to relax.


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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.