March 22, 2012

rising early

So, after much prayer and thought for many years, I have begun rising early to exercise/train and read my Bible.

It isn't easy.

I hate rising early in fact, and I hate working out too. I love the kung fu, but physical fitness is not fun.

I have often thought there was something wrong with me, but I don't know if that is true. I just don't like working out.

any way, that's it for now.

January 07, 2012

taking on students

I am planning on taking on students starting in the summer of 2012 in the Saint Joseph, MO area. check out if you are interested.

January 05, 2012

How I came to be, chapter 1

First of all you have to understand a little about my family background. My mother's mom and dad had 6 kids, my mom was the 2nd youngest of the 4 girls and when she was 9 years old contracted polio. My grandfather took that personally because it was at his protest she didn't receive the vaccination. I don't know why he protested, as it wasn't a religious conviction they ever held to avoid medical attention. But despite his guilt and all their prayers, the consequences of that choice remained -- my mom was in the hospital with polio, and her fever would not break. It got so bad that the doctors told my grandparents that if the fever didn't break then when they came in the next morning they would see their daughter in the iron lung. They went home and got on their knees and prayed. They committed my mom to the Lord and His service and themselves to His service. When they came back the next morning, my mom was not in the iron lung. The doctor told them that it didn't make any sense but at X time her fever broke and she came out of it. They knew why, because it was that exact time that they prayed.

From that time on, they worked tirelessly for the Lord. Her dedication to the Lord's service was largely due to that experience with my mom. They gave themselves to God that night, themselves and their daughter. It was because of that commitment that my mom later gave herself to His service. When she graduated high school she attended Detroit Bible College and studied to get her BS in Religious Education, and it was there that she met my dad.

more to come later,

August 13, 2010

Animal "style" vs Animal "form"

When people think of kung fu, the average person who even knows what kung fu is thinks of the animal styles. And why not? They are fascinating and unique systems. But people often don't recognize a clear distinction between animal styles and animal forms.

I just got off the phone with an inquiring individual who just assumed that because I teach kung fu I teach animals, and he wasn't wrong because I teach 12 of them. But he falsely assumed it to be animal styles.

I teach Xing Yi Quan, an internal style from a Biblical foundation. Xing Yi has 12 animal forms, but isn't an animal style.

"What is the difference" You ask?

An animal style is a complete system modeled after the unique movements, mannerisms, and mindsets of a one or more animals. The animal serves as the foundation of the style.

An animal form is a single choreographed set of movements (xing, or kata) that are based on a animals unique movements, mannerisms, or mindset. It's a matter of scope really. A form is a small piece of a system, not the foundation of the system.

The foundation of Xing Yi Quan is the internal principles, and the 5 elements. The 12 animals provide variety and diversity of application for the 5 elements.

August 11, 2010

repost: kung fu article on distance

ARTICLE COPIED FROM blog with permission by author -- me ;)

Any one who is familiar with fighting has had to deal with distance. It can be your worst enemy or your best friend depending on how you utilize it.

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