Training Your Animal Forms – Capturing the Spirit of the Bird

I remember the first time I was instructed to fight like an animal, and I have to admit, it felt rather goofy. We were sparring in class and as a fun drill Sifu Kevin would call out an animal for us to imitate. No matter what he called out, you tried to fight that way! And some of the animal… Read more »

Because It’s Fun!

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I spend a lot of time thinking. A lot of time. It is the heaviest, sharpest double-edged sword in my life. On the one hand, it provides me the skills to live a fairly comfortable, “successful” life – creative-yet-technical thinking and analysis is handy when your job is technical support of complicated software systems. On the other hand, I am… Read more »

A Good Fit

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Guest post by Fingerlakes Shaolin-Do student, Jim Bosjolie, pictured right. I like Kung Fu. It is precise and it “grows” with the student – it starts fairly simply but it constantly challenges you, increasing in complexity as the student becomes more skilled. But, for me, the greatest appeal is that it attacks my lack of coordination, something with which I… Read more »

Evolution of You

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I’ve been thinking recently about the value of martial arts training in the modern age. As martial artists, there is usually at least some personal motivation that drives our study and commitment to the Art. When I think about what drives me, I have several answers. Primarily, it is my passion for the kung fu. It is my hunger to… Read more »

The Martial Artists We Dream of Being

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Guest post by Fingerlakes Shaolin-Do student, Kavi Rude. “I am not prepared for this moment. Me, a divine martial master with everything this world has to offer and more, stilled by the weight of a single feeling. I have achieved perfect knowledge of myself and my enemy, with a single thought I can dispel any intention. Elements answer my call… Read more »

Martial Arts: A Medium for Change

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Every one of us has a personal story; a journey we’re each walking. As such, many martial artists have their own reasons for beginning their training. I was recently confronted with the question – “What made you want to start martial arts?” Well, I decided to begin my martial arts journey in January of 2012. Life wasn’t easy for me,… Read more »

A Personal Journey

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In my second week of training at Fingerlakes Shaolin Do, I walked into class and felt the very great relief of finding another new student starting that day. Here I was, in shorts and a t-shirt, surrounded by uniforms and belts of various colors, and feeling very awkward in my attempts at something entirely new; it was a true comfort… Read more »

Time and Effort

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It is the middle of March and that means Kentucky Trip time! Twice a year, every year, we gather up a group of students and make the pilgrimage to Lexington, Kentucky to attend a seminar with our Grandmaster. These trips are always loads of fun. Twelve hours crammed in a van with a bunch of Kung Fu students sounds like… Read more »

Working Through Negativity

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Training to become a better martial artist is not easy work. As our instructor always tells us, “If it was easy they’d sell it at Wal-Mart!” And as we all know, we cannot simply enter a store and buy flexibility, strength, or endurance. We can’t purchase martial arts and instantly become a master after check out. There are many obstacles… Read more »

Perfect Technique, Goldfish Mind

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There is a common saying in Kung Fu that it takes 10,000 repetitions before you can perfect a technique. In the spirit of this, we occasionally do back-to-back classes for all students entitled “Night of One Thousand Kicks”. That’s literally 1,000 kicks in two hours. If that sounds difficult, you are right. I have the students each pick whatever kick they want to practice and we run… Read more »