437 days since last kung fu injury.

Posted Sat Apr 14, 2007, 15:34 PM by Tracy

Actually, I don’t know how long it’s been since I last messed myself up, but it has been awhile. I did a number on my ankle today in advanced class.

We were doing throws, starting from a relatively bad position, turned away from the opponent, with one of his arms partially wrapped around front.

I was a little unclear on the concept, not really sure how I was throwing my partner, a man who is taller than me, but probably doesn’t outweigh me by too much. And he has really cool tattoos. Every adjustment I made, he would tell me, no I’m going to land on you. That, of course, was something to be avoided.

When I finally executed the throw, I still didn’t quite avoid it. I threw him right down onto my right ankle. Crunchy.

We pulled off my shoe and sock to check the damage. It was not a happy feeling ankle. After he rubbed out my ankle for a minute or so, I laced my shoe up snug and went on with class. I looked pretty funny, dragging one leg around.

I’ll just have to keep off it for a little while. We’ve got a cane that’s a little to tall for me, but it helps.


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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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