Stay calm.

Posted Sat Jan 10, 2009, 19:27 PM by Tracy

Stay calm.

When I say “fast,” the attacker is going to speed up a notch. You’re just going to keep evading the knives, keeping the same calmness as when you were going slower.

The knives are wooden, metal, or plastic practice knives. No sharp edges here. The drill is just to evade the knife. It’s harder than you think, even though Sifu makes it look so easy.

My challenges are to keep calm, keep moving, keep my shoulders level, keep my center centered, keep my confront level from going out the back door.

Even when I think I’m doing okay, I’m really not. Knives, even blunt practice knives, represent a major confront issue for me. But the only way to deal with that is to do knife drills, constantly working to find and reinforce calmness in the face of the weapon.

I paired with Sifu Patty. She swung the knife wide and I ducked to evade.

Two mistakes: I shouldn’t have tried to duck under a swing at my midsection, and I didn’t have my arms up to protect my head.

I took a good smack with a metal practice knife right in the face, on the left side of my nose. It broke the skin and I oozed a little blood, but nothing serious.

I do have a black eye now, which looks pretty bad ass.

  1. So where’s the photo? I heard that it’s pretty wicked!

    Dalai Mama    Wed Jan 14, 07:29 AM    #


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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.


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.