Tommy's Physical Education

 

  • Four years of high school Phys. Ed.
  • Four years of high school ski racing
  • One season of high school varsity track
  • Eight years of distance running
  • Two years of triathlon training
  • Ten years of bodybuilding, with one summer under (then current) Mr. Michigan
  • University-level volleyball, coaching volleyball, power volleyball (and tons of play)
  • University-level swimming

University-level Kinesiology

 

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In my senior year of university, I studied Kinesiology and movement science under Dr. James Scott. This eduction propelled my bodybuilding endeavors, as well as my athletic form across ski racing, power volleyball play (indoor and beach), and general "fitness." It also made it easy for me to get work as a trainer at a Powerhouse Gym in Auburn Hills, Michigan in the summer of 1994.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It cannot be overstated how study of Kinesiology and movement science provides a far more practical basis for movement patterns and skills analysis, and the functionality of joints and muscle groups.

With Kinesiology you look upon sports and athletics with wise eyes and fundamental understanding. I still appreciate this education every day.

The most impacting aspect of Kinesiology is perhaps the Serape Effect. This is the powerful coordination of the torso with the extremities in rotational movements.

 

 

 

 

Fu Style Internal Arts (Wudang Quan)

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After another ski season of jumping off cliffs,
in the spring of 2003 I tried to jump over a fence
from a ladder. The ladder tipped; I caught one
foot on the fence; and came down hard on
one foot. My tibia split like a banana peel at
the distal end. The doctor cast my ankle and
told me I would have to continue jogging and
lifting weights after the cast came off. But when
it did, the pain was too much. Suddenly Tai Chi
looked like an amazing and unorthodox system
to gently train the body. I scoured the world
for the best teacher I could find, and learned
of Grandmaster Victor ShengLong Fu in
Vancouver, B.C.

Victor Fu is the grandson of the most famous
martial artist of the 20th century, Fu Zhen Song
(also spelled Fu Chen Sung)

Grandmaster Fu Zhen Song learned tai chi chuan from the Chen Style master, Chen Yen Shi. He later befriended Yang Cheng Fu, Sun Lu Tang (Sun Style), and all of the other top tai chi masters. Fu was an extraordinarily observant practitioner. He learned all the components of all the other "family styles;" discarded what was marginal or useless; and amalgamated the best from each. The result was Fu Style Tai Chi, and a very sophisticated system of teaching. Fu Zhen Song dedicated his life to learning and teaching these most special arts. Many of his students became top masters.
Click here for a photo of Fu Zhen Song with Yang Cheng Fu.

Fu's oldest son, Wing Fay, became his martial prodigy. He learned from his father, and many other top martial artists in China. After such high-level learning and eternal practice, Wing Fay took it upon himself to develop the Fu Style Tai Chi even more. Wing Fay became well-known as one of the greatest teachers in China. Fu Wing Fay's two top students were his oldest son, Sheng Long, and a talented young woman namedBow Sim Mark. Master Mark is widely considered the most famous tai chi personality in the world today, and one of the greatest masters in the last 50 years. Wing Fay's theory was that Fu Style was so developed that gender and body composition did not matter.

Victor "Sheng Long" Fu would become the lineage-holder to the Fu Family arts. Sheng Long's brother Wen Long also teaches in Guangzhou, China.

In my very first lesson, Master Fu taught me how to turn my waist to effect movement. 

After 12 years of private lessons and relentless practice, in May 2015, Grandmaster Fu honored me by certifying me as a kung fu master.

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