Pilates Fu.

Posted Tue Aug 22, 2006, 22:25 PM by Tracy

Sifu Patty taught class last night. She had us alternating forms (stay together! snap back those kicks!) with Pilates exercises. Crazy situps and leg lifts, pushups and arm flutters. Man that Pilates stuff is a wicked ab workout.

We also practiced slow speed street fighting with knives. Practice knives, not real ones fortunately. We don’t train with live blades except in very carefully controlled circumstances.

Practicing with Sifu Patty, she will put the beat down on you. Pulll a knife on her and you have just made the worst mistake of your sorry little life. I don’t have that killer drive (yet). Something more to work on.

Partly I know I hold back because I don’t want to offend my training partners. That’s okay when working with underbelts, to avoid overwhelming them, but when working with other brown and brown-black belts, I should make them afraid of me – without tensing up or muscling up, of course.

And don’t forget to breathe.


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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.