My Black Sash

Posted by on Dec 14th, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

When new students begin Kung Fu, they often ask about the belt classifications from white to black. (In Kung Fu, we use sashes.) I had never been too concerned with sashes as an indicator of either my expertise or lack. The sash shows some level of progress in the martial artist’s Kung Fu journey, I know my journey is never ending. When the latest new students asked me about my black sash, I realized that I am proud of my black sash because on it, I see the faces of all the people I worked with getting it, the people who have trained...

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Posted by on Jul 2nd, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

A translation of phrase Kung Fu is “time and effort.”   One must endure the tedious parts of training in any art – repetition of fundamentals. This never ends. A martial artist punching, kicking, and stance practice is like a pianist playing musical scales or a quarterback throwing passes.  One must learn to perfect form and then practice perfect form over and over.  My teacher use to say: “repetition, repetition, repetition. You need strong fundamentals for strong performance.” Practice. Learning to practice and repeat...

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Off the Sofa

Posted by on May 10th, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

More than 12 years ago, I got off of the sofa and walked across the street to an elementary school for a Kung Fu class. While I do continue to spend some “quality” sofa time, I spend some good quality time training. One of my favorite mottos is “Every moment I am off of the sofa, I win.” I will not become the next martial arts star like Bruce Lee, but every day I train, I am improving my health and satisfying my desire to challenge myself. When I started, I could barely kick my leg over my waist. Today, I can do a number of simple...

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Stay Tuned!

Posted by on Apr 11th, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Thank you for your interest in Tien Shan Kung Fu Club, we’re a martial arts school meeting in Clarksville, MD on Tuesday and Thursday nights. We’re a friendly group and we love having new guests. Come visit us, give it a try, there’s no risk! Stay tuned to this blog for more information about us, about Tien Shan Pai Kung Fu, and how to get the most out of your training.

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