It's more the will than the body.

Posted Tue Mar 20, 2007, 12:26 PM by Tracy

I was thinking about that as I drove myself up yet another flight of stairs, one riser at a time.

The decision has been made. Laura and I are testing for black belt in fall. Kim and Carol will test for brown-black along with us.

Something shifted in me a few weeks back at the last black belt test. For the first time, the idea of sparring the black belts didn’t frighten me. Since then, I fought as a black belt in a tournament.

I’m looking forward to the test. Even more I’m looking forward to the test being over! It’s the last test I’ll have to take.

Although for years I resisted the very idea, this now is the place I need to be. There’s still a lot of work to be done between now and then, especially physical conditioning.

It’s more the will than the body. But the body sure helps a lot.


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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.