Step on a crack, break your mother's back.

Posted Sat Feb 17, 2007, 18:06 PM by Tracy

Remember the kind of games you played as a kid, where you had to stay inside a marked area or you “died”? We play those kinds of games in kung fu, too.

At this morning’s advanced class we had three black belts and three of us under belts. We did one round of multi-person attacks, each person taking a turn in the middle of the circle. Then we pulled the mats to the center of the room and did our multi-persons on the mat. If you stepped off the mats, you fell off the roof and were “dead”.

Our first round, everybody did a pretty good job of staying on the mats while handling multiple attackers.

The second round, each black belt had to handle the attackers with throws and takedowns. I was disappointed that we underbelts didn’t get to throw our attackers.

Funny thing, on that round, each of us three underbelts were almost immediately tossed off the mats by our attackers.


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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.