Mo Duk Pai kung fu is a comprehensive martial art combining hard and soft style techniques, developing the whole martial artist through body, mind and spirit. It places strong emphasis on ethical behavior applied on the training floor and in the street, and extending through the student’s entire life.
One of the premises of our art is that someone with a black belt in our style can go to a class at a different style and have a basic understanding of what is going on. This should be true from both a strategy and a technique point of view. For example, if they attended a boxing class, this (black belt) student would have a familiarity with the concept of combinations as well as a basic understanding of how to punch. Undoubtedly, they would be able to learn tons of new information from a good coach but they would not be starting from ground zero.
Another great camp this year and as always, nearly too much information to absorb. Hopefully everyone who went brought a notebook and a pen. Hopefully everyone who didn’t go is ready to receive a ton of new information.
My biggest takeaway from camp this year was the idea of research. As in, what can I train over the next year and bring back to camp, to share with the other students. Hopefully everyone else (regardless of their rank) got the same idea and is excited about coming back to camp in 2014.
Gravity in Motion is the title of camp this year. What’s that mean? It means camp will soon be upon us. No matter if it is your first camp or your twentieth, if you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran, camp is always the time and place to take your training to the next level. The martial festivities begin Saturday June 8th and 8AM and conclude at Noon on Sunday the 9th. The location will be Alder’s Gate retreat in Turner, Oregon.
Go register here so that you move one step closer to learning the secret of “Gravity in Motion”…
Here’s a collage of camp t-shirts of the past to get everyone excited about this year’s camp. Thanks to Larry Pitts for the bag full of old t-shirts. If there’s anyone else out there with more of them, let us know and we’ll scan them for the archives.
Camp this year will be Saturday June 8th starting at 8AM and running until Sunday June 9th at Noon. Location will be the same as last year – Alder’s Gate retreat in Turner Oregon. More details soon.
February 9, 2013 felt like a shift in the strength of Mo Duk Pai as a System. We gained a new Brown/Black sash, a Green sash and 3 new Blue sashes. Pretty big news. Go to the schools’ websites for more info about the students and the stories. This post will give you some perspective of what those testing went through. But this is mostly for the helpers! Testing can’t happen without competent helpers. Anyone who has ever assisted in a high level test knows they are in the spotlight as much as the students who are testing. Without good intensity and confront from the helpers, its hard to bring out from those testing what is needed to show off their level of skill. With that kind of presence comes a few bumps and bruises, all for the greater good. This post is to thank the helpers and give others a sense of what a “volunteer” experiences.
Huge thanks to Russell Young for permission to use these photos!