Someone mentioned that they are having trouble keeping track of all the people mentioned in my blog!
I was trying to delineate the Kung Fu people by using initials and the BJJ people by using first names. Also, when I started my blog, I didn’t really expect other people would be reading- so I wasn’t concerned with making it reader-friendly to anyone but me. If I had it to do over again, maybe I’d give them aliases or something. Anyway, here’s the cast list, for anyone who might care.
(RS): The exiled Grandmaster of the order. There was a political and interpersonal schism some three years ago wherein the board of directors removed RS and eliminated the title of Grandmaster altogether. The two sides of this conflict do not associate much, except for CK, JoE and me who lurk within the scorched middle ground. I started studying with him in late summer 08, but didn’t get very far before he moved out of state. He passed my leash to CC in his absence.
(CC): RS’s pet student, a Training Master. He is a Dragon stylist. I studied with him for a year consistantly, then in late summer 09 he decided to stop teaching regular classes. For the last several months, I have been seeing him maybe twice a month for an hour.
(CM) The Tiger Master. He lives out of state, so I don’t see much of him.
(SF) Tiger Disciple. Also out of state. I barely know her, but she does pop up in my blog from time to time because she is a Tiger.
(DD): Black Crane practitioner. IIRC, he is the rank *above* Training master, whatever that is…. although once you get above Disciple, all these ranks sort of blur together in my mind, so I’m not entirely sure. Anyway, I have been studying under him for three years come spring, although much of the teaching has been delegated to his high-ranking students (CN and SK).
DD’s students in descending rank order are:
(CN): Dragon stylist, Disciple rank. He has been the primary instructor for DD’s basics class for 09 and much of 08, and DD’s intermediate class 09 to present. He earned Disciple rank summer 08.
(SK) The Snake Guy. Earned Disciple rank Nov 09. He is now teaching DD’s basics class.
(MM) Four stripe white sash student, leaning toward Mantis. he has been out of state for the past year at some Ivy League college working on some crazy genius postgrad project involving neuroscience and robotics and Gods only know what. he’s done karate of some kind in the past, and is studying some Wing Chun at college. He comes back here a couple times a year to stay for a few weeks and come to class.
(Nemesis) Four stripe white sash student, leaning toward Crane. Comes from an aikido background. He is freakishly tall with inhumanly long arms and legs, has gigantic hands with an iron manacle grip, and his Kung Fu ain’t bad either. Hence the moniker.
(Kitsune) You already know her.
(CK) Three stripe white sash student, Dragon practitioner. Whom I technically outrank at this point, which is hilarious. I started studying Chen Tai Chi under her in (I think) 2004. She is also a Wushu student. She brought MM, Nemesis, me, JoE, ES, and JB from her Tai Chi classes to DD’s Kung Fu class, so she is responsible for the bulk of DD’s class being there. She moved out of state two years ago to work on some crazy genius postgrad project involving…proteins and sea slugs. (No kidding!). She also comes back here a few times a year for visits and training.
(JoE) Three stripe white sash student. He probably ought to be a four-striper at this point, but he is cross-training at this intense mutant-Hapkido school, which is his primary art, and also missing a lot of Kung Fu classes this past year. he was studying under RS before I was, then under CC with me, and now I think he is still driving down from time to time to get a lesson with RS.
(JB) Three stripe white sash student, leaning toward Monkey (which is a subset of Tiger, so she is technically a Tiger practitioner like me, if she decides to stay with that). She and I are the only Tai Chi students of CK’s who continued to study, so we are both probably intermediate-level Chen people right now. She will be leading the Chen portion of our informal women’s "Chenjitsu" group.
(JM) Three stripe white sash student. She is the best grappler in the class; I can’t wait to start working on some BJJ with her in the Chenjitsu group.
(MG) Two stripe white sash student, leaning toward Crane. He shows up a couple of times a year and comes to class for a few weeks, then vanishes again.
(JaE) Two stripe white sash student. Already liking MANTIS a lot, although it is really too soon for him to be picking a style. We don’t see him in class a whole lot, because of his nasty work schedule.
(ES) White sash student, she started in the summer. I think she has one stripe now, but I’m not certain. She will also be in the Chenjitsu group. I don’t know if we are going to be able to keep her- she just lost her job, and is talking about lighting out for New York.
(R) New white sash student, he started a few months ago. I don’t even know his last initial! He is our newest student. we’re not going to see him at all this semester because he has a class that conflicts with our basics class.