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Archive for February 2010

Power randori – aikido

February 17, 2010

One thing Phil seems to like to do with his classes is incorporate bits and pieces of real-life situations and show us how to respond to them in an aikido-like fashion. Yesterday, we did a couple simple throws to warm us up, but focused mostly on how to block a strike coming in at your […]

Using the live hand – eskrima

February 17, 2010

Balance is a huge part of eskrima, as Instructor McWethy said last night.  For some of us (myself included), it’s very easy to become highly dependent on the strong side, ie: the side holding the weapon.  Last night, we focused on using the live hand effectively in both blocks and parries. The exercise was a […]

Revisiting the wily offbeat – eskrima

February 12, 2010

I led warm ups last night (go me!) and ran us all through a bit of endurance, balance and muscle training, focusing on form.  I feel like we’ve all got to maintain constant vigilance on the form we use – it’s really easy to get lazy and take the easy way out.  All we need […]

Getting your brain out of the way – eskrima

February 11, 2010

Tony ran warm ups on Tuesday, and my abs say that it’s been a long time since we’ve worked them that hard.  Tells me what I’m doing the next time I direct warm ups. The front of the class, consisting of me, Maxwell, Sargeant, Eric and Ryan, worked on drilling serrada blocks and follow-up counters, […]

On eyeballs and earholes – eskrima

February 5, 2010

Yes, I actually do have reasons for that silly title.  We got a bit slap-happy last night, not least of whom me, because Eric managed to clock me pretty hard with the tip of his stick just above one eye.  (First black eye ever!)  Anyway, we all got into a goofy conversation about the ear […]

Knee is better, shoulder is not – aikido

February 3, 2010

Necessary exposition:  I took a fall when dropping my car off at the mechanic last week.  Slipped on some ice on the front step, catching my shin on the edge of the step and knee smack on the ground.  No joint issues, but lots of bruise. This wasn’t a problem until last night’s aikido class.  […]

Follow-up and follow-through – eskrima

February 3, 2010

Yes, I took a week off.  The paying job insisted on eating my brain last week, so writing for fun just didn’t happen.  I’ll try to catch up on last week’s thoughts today or tomorrow. Nick ran the warm-ups last night, including an interesting endurance technique called tabatas.  The idea is to run a routine […]