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Archive for March 2010

Basics and drills – eskrima

March 18, 2010

Sargeant ran warm ups on Tuesday, incorporating the dreaded pyramids (one push up followed immediately by one full sit up, then two of each etc until we reach a predetermined number and go all the way back to one) and a wick-tick drill.  It was notable (but not unexpected) that the rhythm and intensity of […]

Atemi – aikido

March 11, 2010

Class on Tuesday was FUN. Now, I recognize that I’m an unusual woman in that I *love* the physical part of martial arts.  The other woman in this class (actually, a 16-year-old girl), while very skilled and boasting a hakama and brown belt, is not comfortable with hitting or being hit.  I get a rush […]

Concepts vs form – eskrima

March 11, 2010

Ryan ran warm-ups on Tuesday, and as usual, did an excellent job of it.  Good cardio session followed by a nice cool-down and stretch. This class focused a lot on drills and form, including largo angles both informal and formal, serrada strikes and counters, and dequerdas strikes and counters. It turned out that we all […]

Frustration dance – eskrima

March 5, 2010

I had my own internal frustration dance going on in my head last night during class – specifically, the sparring session.  It’s like an angry little gnome doing a trampoline routine on my brain, and while I understand the reasons I get so annoyed, it’s also getting in the way of increasing my sparring ability. […]

Inosanto recap – eskrima

March 3, 2010

It’s good to be back in class after all the illness keeping me out.  My throat’s still unhappy about life, but it’s going to have to learn to deal. Maxwell led warm-ups last night, focusing on stamina and being able to do strength moves even after a long exertion.  We ran various varieties of laps […]

Bits and bobs – aikido

March 3, 2010

Like a lot of folks in my near vicinity, I’ve been sick on and off for about a month.  I appear to be healthy again, so hopefully I’ll be back to journalling all my stuff again as well. As usual, I arrived early and sat through most of the kids’ class.  It’s generally a good […]