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”
At their request, I had five blue sashes come over to my school and take a class from me. We focused on spin kicks and multi person drills (again, at their request). I thought I’d foist my latest obsession on them, filming stuff. What follows are films of each of the students doing 2 monkey lines and then a 2 minute continuous multi person at medium speed. Continue reading “Blue Class”
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.
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!”
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.