Each year I go, I am reminded how much there is to learn! The Black Belts of Mo Duk Pai provided top notch classes in the theme of Tributaries. This year, student were given a series of classes in our roots of training. And the student sure did soak it up – kudos to all of you who made it through. Lots of sweat and smiles this weekend! Its definitely not for everyone, but for those who attended, I think they got the value in getting out of Dodge for a bit and digging into training. Good to know where you come from and what makes this Art so effective! Continue reading “2014 Mo Duk Pai Training Camp”
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! Continue reading “Mo Duk Pai Testing and a big Thank you!”
No Classes – kids or adults – this Saturday Feb. 9th at the Academy of Kung Fu. We will all be at the test. Testing for Mo Duk Pai kung fu trainers is happening this Saturday at 7am sharp at the NPAKF. Testing is open to the public. If you are curious to see what testing looks like for our Art, stop in anytime that morning and take a peek.
Special thanks to Sifu Chris Hosman, 5th degree Black Belt in Mo Duk Pai, for leading a class on “Throwing”. The drills to work the concepts were simple enough and straightforward. But it was the attention to fundamental principles such as calmness to fit into position for a throw, or basic principles of structure examined at a deeper level that made this class special.
Thanks to Sifu Sean Kelly for leading the charge this year, as well as the brave trainers who took to the waters off Sauvie Island. Many non trainers see the New Year’s Day Swim as another polar bear swim. And it is. And it is more than much more that. Trainers have used the swim on NYD to fortify their confront, and take on challenges they might otherwise shy away from.