Fu For You – Editorials

2015 in Review

2015 in Review

Wow, I simply can’t believe that another year has nearly slipped by and in a few weeks we’ll surge into 2016. In preparation for this newsletter I started looking at some old newsletters back to the early 1990’s; a bit of a journey down memory lane. A few things really hit home as I waded through the pages, here’s some of the most notable.

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Gradings Aren’t Just for Students

Gradings Aren’t Just for Students

At Waterloo Kung Fu both our instructors and students are held to very high standards. Instructors are expected to maintain their own level of fitness, keep current with all curriculum requirements, and be able to effectively teach our curriculum to students. As instructors, we expect no more from students than what was, and is, expected of us, but we will accept no less. We share in your success and in your challenges and will do whatever we feel is necessary to help you attain your personal potential.

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Distinguishing Characteristics of the Tiger

Distinguishing Characteristics of the Tiger

I like tigers; I admire tigers; but I’m cautious sparring tigers. Why? A true tiger personality may be predictable, but don’t let your guard down. Even before you enter the ring you know what to expect. The tiger will try to draw you into their style of direct action where, unless you are also a tiger, you may be easily intimidated by their direct aggressive techniques. You always need to be wary of the tiger and never become complacent or you will be overcome by power and aggressiveness. Characteristics that distinguish the tiger….

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Distinguishing Characteristics of the Crane

Distinguishing Characteristics of the Crane

Although seemingly the weakest of our five animals, the crane is very complex and, to me, next to the dragon, embodies the underlying tenets of the Kung Fu that we teach at WKFA better than the other animals. If I had to describe our school in terms of the five animals, I think we would identify more closely with the personality of the crane than any other animal. The characteristics that distinguish the crane….

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Preparing for Advanced Gradings

Preparing for Advanced Gradings

I remember many years ago when a senior student commented to Sifu Bob (Sigung) that they were sure that a particularly gifted student was destined to get their black sash very quickly. Sifu just looked at her and said, “It’s not as much about skill as it is about dedication, and I’ll believe that any student has the dedication necessary to pass a black sash grading when I see the sash around their waist.” That student never did test for black, and the number of times that that statement has rung true over the years is truly astonishing. Every year about this time students begin talking of plans to shoot for their black sash in the spring, and you’ll have to forgive me if I roll my eyes. Talk is cheap; don’t tell us, show us!

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25 Years and Counting

25 Years and Counting

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Wow, to say that it seems like yesterday that I first picked up the phone and called
Sifu Bob Schneider about taking Kung Fu classes would be an understatement. Kung Fu had always been on my to-do list but I had just never taken that first step. It was a step that led to the most rewarding years of my life. Both me and Sifu Eric celebrate 25 years at WKFA this spring and I’d like to take this opportunity to share some highlights and changes with you, my Kung Fu family. Here are a few of my personal highlights….

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