Fun with swords.

Posted Fri Apr 27, 2007, 17:46 PM by Tracy

I’m still not back to regular kung fu class, but I have been making it to Friday morning Qigong, at least.

This morning it was just myself and Sifu Patty for first half hour.

Want to learn a Taiji sword form?

Sure, I said.

Sifu Patty taught me the very first part of a Taiji sword form that she learned earlier this year. Lots of little movements that all need to be coordinated seamlessly. I kept missing a half-step here and there.

Then she showed me how to flip sai. A sai is a martial weapon that looks like, and probably originally was, a tool for planting seeds. It has three prongs, the middle prong extending several inches longer than the two side prongs. You flip it by rotating it around your thumb and keeping your fingers out of the way.

I’m getting antsy to go back to class. I still can’t dance with my right ankle, but I can probably do things slowly at least.


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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.