Martial Arts Monday: Fighting Through The Fog

Ever feel super foggy and don’t realize you’re wearing two different socks until you get home at the end of the day? Or wake up frustrated and it becomes the clumsiest day you’ve ever had? I’ve felt a little like that lately. My mind has been going in a million directions and my body sometimes …

Martial Arts Monday: The Beginner’s Mind

I often watch in awe as my sifu executes his forms with precision and ease. “I’ll get there,” I think to myself, as I stumble my way through my basic exercises. For me, starting kung- fu was a little bit like pulling teeth. I’d say I want to start learning, try a few moves, get …

Martial Arts Monday: Leave Your Ego At The Door

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to compete at an in-house tournament hosted at the Wu Dao Kung Fu School in Cambridge, MA. When I walked into the building and approached the floor to begin the competition, I noticed a frame on the wall listing the various rules of the school. The top …

Martial Arts Monday: What’s The Weight?

So I have a fun habit: I enjoy going to thrift stores, goodwill, salvation armies, and the like and finding cool things. One thing that I always keep an eye out for is workout equipment for my Kung Fu School. Lets face it, this stuff can be pricy, so if I can find a deal, …

Martial Arts Monday: Test Philosophy

A little over a year ago I opened my own Kung Fu Academy, Nine Tigers Kung Fu. Last week I held a test for ten of my students. Below is my post-test speech to those ten students who worked exceptionally hard and earned their new ranks! “To begin congratulations on completing today’s test. My philosophy …

Martial Arts Monday: We Are All In This Together

So I recently have began to explore fun activities outside of “traditional” martial arts. Now I am planning my first Live Action Role Play or LARP. LARP is when a group of people get dressed up and play as a character in a specific time period. The players pursue goals within a fictional setting and …