Four months.

Posted Tue Jun 19, 2007, 20:20 PM by Tracy

That’s how long I’ve got to get in shape, write my black belt paper and bone up on my basics.

Four of us testing, two for black, two for brown-black, sat down with Sifu to figure out a good date for all of us. Laura wanted to do it sooner rather than later and get it over with. I bet she’d do it tomorrow if she could.

We looked at September. The first weekend is PAWMA camp. I’ve got family events the last two weekends. In between is Cycle Oregon and Carol’s going on that. Later is better for Kim with his work schedule. So we settled on October 13.

Thirteen always was my lucky number.


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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.