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Archive for May 2010

Evasions and counters

May 27, 2010

An evasion is a simple concept – just your butt out of the way.  Changing that instinctive response into an effective tactic can be equally simple and part of an excellent defense. Last night started out with a quick yoga-themed warm-up led by Matt, then paired up and practiced basic evasions, involving simply stepping out […]

Largo and self-defense combos – eskrima

May 19, 2010

Last night was a great class.  Basics and theory night, focusing on largo techniques as well as a new kind of drill that I’m calling self-defense combos. Esten led us through the warm-ups; then we all pulled out largo sticks and demonstrated our angles numerado while advancing and retreating.  We worked on identifying and correcting […]

Directed sparring – eskrima

May 14, 2010

Slight uptick in numbers last night as compared to Tuesday (curse you spring, for luring so many of my sparring partners away!) but oh boy, was it a fun night. Instructor McWethy led the warm-ups, having us beat the daylights out of the tall bags and running us through core work.  Once we were good […]

Comfort levels – eskrima

May 12, 2010

I led warm-ups last night, and successfully managed to turn everyone’s legs into wet noodles.  Hopefully, people are still thinking of me as they walk around today. Last night’s was a small class made up of some of the die-hard enthusiasts: me, Eric, Matt and Tony.  We paired up and worked one-for-one exercises, focusing on […]

Largo sparring techniques – eskrima

May 7, 2010

Last night’s class was small, but densely packed with information and practice.  A good sweaty time was had by all, I think. Maxwell led the warm-ups.  I’m going to remember that high-jump thing and the dreaded Captain’s Chair for the next time I’m in front of the class. We split the class vaguely in half […]

The relaxation problem – aikido

May 7, 2010

I’m beginning to dig into a tricky subject in martial arts – the ability to maintain appropriate level of relaxation.  Too much tension, and you give your opponent something to fight against, something to use against you.  Too much relaxation, and you end up being a floppy corpse. As someone who’s dealt with a life-long […]

Beatin’ on the basics – eskrima

May 5, 2010

Oh thank all the heavens above and below, my car is functional and I can get to class to beat on things again. Ian led warm-ups last night in a hot and sweaty environment, sending the class through laps, core-work and wick-tick drills.  Wish we had some windows in that room!  It would have been […]

Taking uke’s center – aikido

May 5, 2010

It’s been a while since I posted anything about aikido.  We had an interesting class yesterday.  A few new people, and work on the basics. A lot of aikido boils down to this concept of taking your opponent’s center of gravity – getting uke off-balance to your benefit.  An interesting concept (and one that should […]