POV: Seated Adaptation to Simplified 24 Form Taijiquan

My practice of a seated adaptation to the Yang Style 24 Form began out of necessity. For most of this year I have been dealing with a broken foot. From the months before surgery to re-breaking and recovering, I was forced to reassess my lifestyle, bringing more attention foot health, as well as root development, […]

Meditation Room Dedication Ceremony

The eye opening ceremony is the traditional way of dedicating a temple or practice hall by which a primary Buddha image, or statue,  is “Awakened” through the symbolic painting in of the eyes. A brush is used to delicately apply a dot representing the pupil in the center of each eye.  Once the Buddha image’s […]

5 Year Anniversary Open House Speech

Below you will find the speech that I gave during the 5 Year Anniversary Celebration and Open House. Upon writing this speech, I had the opportunity to reflect on these past few years, looking back on where we’ve been and where we’ve come, as well as on what we were and what we are now. […]

POV: Phoenix Wushu Nationals 2022

Please note that this article is only a representation of my own personal point of view from my experience participating in the Phoenix Wushu Nationals Competition in 2022. #1: Shaolin Tong Bei Quan “There are two more before you.”  “Okay.” “You’re next”   I’m next?! “Okay”    “Go on up”   SALUTE, HOLD. ENTER, WALK TO THE […]

Reflection: Sky to Summit and The Kungfu Spirit

“Kungfu is not about having fun, it is about working hard.” I often tell this to my younger students when I feel they need to remember the true nature of what they are doing.  5 hours into our race, after being rained on the whole morning and climbing up the highest peak in Georgia for […]