14 days without training is too weak.

Posted Sat Mar 01, 2008, 08:34 AM by Tracy

That’s not exactly true. I have been joining in our Saturday open training sessions and going to sparring class at our sister school afterward. But I can’t remember the last time I went to regular weekday class.

My work schedule has me either staying late or bringing the lap top home to work. Some day it’ll let up, but not in the foreseeable future.

Fortunately for me, Sifu understands. Even if you can’t train as often as desired, it’s important to keep training as you can, rather than just give up.

We’ve talked about when I can next test for black belt. I wanted to go to our spring training camp in May as a black belt. I’m tired of cleaning out cabins and the training/dining hall as an underbelt. But given my sparse training regimen lately, I may have to take up the broom for another year.


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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.