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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 »

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 »

‘Teach Me’

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  Many consider the Beginner student, the White Belt in our system, to be the lowest rank. They consider this rank as synonymous with any average person on the street. After all, the Beginner hasn’t developed any martial skill or begun to delve into the secrets of Shaolin. In a fight, the Beginner cannot call upon the years of experience and… Read more »