Badges of honor.

Posted Sun May 11, 2008, 11:12 AM by Tracy

At least I’m making it to advanced class one Saturday a month. It feels so good to get a workout in the morning. Makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something.

Showering after class, I notice pinpoint bruises all over my body. There’s a nice one ripening on my left wrist. I wear my bruises as badges of honor. Plus, they freak people out. Really, they look worse than they feel. I bruise like a peach.

Our annual training camp is coming up next week. I’m told there’s still snow on the ground, so this should be interesting.

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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.

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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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