Author Archives: Ted Mancuso

Q & A: Kung Fu Returns to the Academy

Q: Tell me about the new Kung Fu class that you’ve started. A: It’s nice to be doing this again. We took a hiatus from teaching Kung Fu for a few years and now we’ve started an entirely new class … Continue reading

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The Mirror of Movement

If you try to stay in stillness for any length of time, an eruption of hidden energies will make itself obvious to you. Continue reading

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Defending the Self

As the story goes a young boy wanted to avenge the murder of his parents so he went to a sword teacher and begged to be accepted as a student.

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Testing: A Zen Story

As you watch your students test you look for something about the arts that is hard to explain… Continue reading

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Wu Wei: No Way!

  The young man was anxious to start martial training immediately.

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30? 40? 50? plus…

Can you really get anything from the martial arts after the age of 30 or 40 or higher? Continue reading

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Humility

There’s a time when looking less competent than you really are can be an advantage. Continue reading

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10 Reasons You Don't Want to Study Kung Fu

They call it the mother of martial arts, Kung Fu. Considering its age and the powerful influence it has had on all other martial arts on the planet, this is probably true. On the other hand, as we all know, … Continue reading

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The Four Legs

Martial arts, that is matured martial arts, stands like a firm table on four strong legs. It helps tremendously to know what they are and how these four points interact. Continue reading

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The Shamanic Fist

Occasionally people take up martial arts as part of their “shamanic” quest. Continue reading

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Now Rain

Now Rain. In this season, the rains come, cleaning the air as though the world were taking a fresh yearly breath and clearing its lungs. The air, the winds, the climate, the atmosphere, were to the ancients, all forms of … Continue reading

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The Armor

If he has to go out in his shadow-windowed vehicle he listens to music or talks into his mouthpiece. Continue reading

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Why Shaolin?

I have a scroll in my studio, hand-drawn in Taiwan just for my student body. It says, in essence, “One Hundred styles all come from Shaolin Kung Fu”. This may be an exaggeration but there is some truth here. Many … Continue reading

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The Brick

There it sets like a stubborn rhino. And in about half a nano-second I’m going to take my right hand and smash down on that unfeeling lump of concrete to crush it. I’ve done this before. I’ve also hurt my … Continue reading

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The Spine

The night sky spins. The sun revolves. Standing on a cliff in the middle of the desert you can believe two seemingly opposite ideas. You seem the center of the universe with all this cosmic play staged for your benefit: … Continue reading

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