Posted Sun Dec 03, 2006, 22:11 PM by Tracy

The other night in class there was myself and Kim, a brown belt, our sifus and a couple first degree black belts. We did circular and linear multiperson attacks at varying speeds.

There was much discussion as to what constituted slow and slow-medium speed.

I speed up when I’m nervous. Which is one point of the drill: to remain calm regardless. And that night I was nervous, in the company of black belts and sifus.

I watched our black belts as they handle each attacker with aplomb and felt hopelessly outclassed. It really makes me wonder how I will ever get to that skill level.

There’s nothing to do but keep at it and remember every black belt was once a white belt.

  1. I could never tell that you were nervous at camp and tests. You always made everything look easy. Of course, you were in a situation where it was all fun and nothing to lose! Just remember to hold onto that feeling.

    kungfukitten    Tue Dec 5, 06:04 PM    #


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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.


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