Fu For You – Editorials
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….
It was a long time coming, it took a lot of work, and it took a lot of careful evaluation and consideration, but the result is a revised set of adult requirement sheets that are much more tuned to the current state of evolution of WKFA.
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!
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….