Devastation. It's what we do.

Posted Sun Apr 02, 2006, 13:51 PM by Tracy

Two weeks until my brown-black test. I’m starting to get excited about it. I’m a little nervous, but not horribly nervous. I’m thinking it’s going to be fun. Sure, parts of the test (continuous multi-person attacks that seem to never end) will be sucky. But I’m actually looking forward to it.

More good advice from my sifus. Sifu Patty says when she went up for black belt, she thought, what can they do to me in eight hours? People survive torture and concentration camps and nothing that bad happens in a black belt test.

Sifu Chris talks to me about energy and where my energy should be focused. It’s simple really. The goal is always to devastate the opponent. It may take 3 seconds, it may take 10 minutes. But devastation is the end goal. It’s what we do in kung fu.


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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.