Good advice.

Posted Sun Mar 26, 2006, 13:55 PM by Tracy

It’s three weeks until the big test. It’s a good thing I’ve had to work so much lately because it has cut into my obsessing-about-the-upcoming-test time.

I’ve been talking to a lot of blackbelts about testing and getting some very good advice:

Visualize: a blackbelt recommends running through forms in my head, visualizing my attackers. This helps with demonstrating forms bunkai (breakdowns).

Vocalize: another blackbelt suggests practicing fighting principles while describing them out loud. This is intended to help when I am asked to explain a fighting principle.

Don’t over prepare: a sifu told me about one of his tests; he had given up smoking and drinking, had a personal trainer, knew his requirements cold. He bombed. For the next test he said to heck with it; he smoked and drank and trained no more than usual. He passed with flying colors.

Imagine the test you want: this is the best advice I’ve gotten so far, from another sifu. It will be my day, my test, my opportunity to show my art. I decide what kind of test it will be for me.

I want to have a fun test.


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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.


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.