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Archive for January 2010

Catching the off-beat – eskrima

January 22, 2010

One pitfall we all seem to encounter as we progress in eskrima is falling into patterns, whether it be combos, strikes we like or don’t like, or pace.


Working with tenkan – aikido

January 22, 2010

Tenkan is a technique in aikido that is devastatingly simple and surprisingly hard to get right. Sounds like a lot of aikido, actually.

I picked up a soda, and my arm protested (eskrima)

January 20, 2010

My arm – it dislikes doing nothing but throwing angles and blocking Esten’s hits all night. It needs to toughen up and shut up.

Aikido – on moving and leading

January 20, 2010

Stuff is coming along. Mostly.

Sunday practice, all to myself!

January 17, 2010

As much use as I get out of the practice sessions we have on Sunday, I get the most out of the weeks where I’m basically alone with a more senior student.  It’s basically a “work on what Aimee needs work on” day, and it rocks. I got together with Sargeant and pounded on some […]

Evade and Engage

January 15, 2010

Basics touched on: moving off the line, and moves and parries designed to bring you around to your opponent’s back.

A step forward, then finding many new steps

January 15, 2010

Coming up with a plan isn’t all that hard. Keeping that plan in mind when pressed, however, certainly is.

Layers and levels of thought

January 13, 2010

Tony did the warm-up again today, and my abs thank him, rather spitefully.

In which randori is hard

January 13, 2010


Self-defense: don’t get fancy

January 11, 2010

I started taking a practical self-defense class styled as Western Historical Martial Arts this Sunday, and it was a blast. I think it’s going to be really useful, especially in eskrima.