Welcome to the first in our ongoing series - Student Profiles. Every month we will be introducing you some of our dedicated and diverse students. Stay tuned!
Schuyler McCabe - Advanced Sifu Student
26 Years Old
Manager of Coors Boulevard Eateries LLC
I've had various experiences in several forms of martial arts including Shodokan Karate, Muay Thai kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu, and Aikido. I have been training at Mantis Kung Fu Academy since it opened in January of 2012. I was looking for a school where I didn't feel like I got lost in a crowd and the instructor took a personal interest in his students and their individual skills and abilities. I also wanted a place that didn't just focus on simply the motions but also the history and deeper mental spiritual growth that accompanies traditional martial arts training. After meeting with Sifu Nic, I felt that Mantis Kung Fu Academy was exactly the kind of place I was looking for.
My training varies between different physical exercises designed to build strength and endurance as well as coordination and flexibility. I go through a multitude of coordinated moves that train the body to adjust to an opponents movements and can use minimal effort to exert maximum force while protecting your own well being. In addition to all the physical training, I also incorporate meditation techniques and Tai Chi to develop focus and internal energy.
The most challenging aspect of my training is the volume of information given in the accelerated program. It is really enjoyable to learn a multitude of moves and Sifu Nic is really good about explaining practical application as well as the history and even how one thing can be coupled with others. The physicality can be very demanding as well but the program design lends to seeing results very quickly as long as you are dedicated to doing it.
The best advice I have to give beginners is "stick with it". There are days that I don't feel like training but push myself to anyway. Especially in the beginning it can be really hard and you may feel like you aren't improving but if you just hang in there, you will see improvement. Once you do start to see yourself getting it, that is one of the greatest encouragements.
At this point, I am striving to become a Sifu myself. I would like to be at a level where I feel like I have an advanced grasp on this art and would be able to teach others the things I have learned. I am interested in getting into a competitive circle where I can test the level of the skills I have been training. I am a competitive person and have been involved in various sports all my life and would enjoy competing at a high level in this area.
The thing that stands out the most to me about Mantis Kung Fu Academy that is different from other schools is that Sifu Nic creates an environment that is very personal to each students needs and can adjust to how fast they want to grow in their art. He takes personal interest in each student. Being in this program, I don't feel like I am just going to a class, but I am doing something that adds to my identity as a person. I feel like a true Martial Artist.