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Fragile Flowerdom

October 17, 2012

The above is not me.  While I’m sure that my parents can tell tons of stories about me as a tiny adorable girly girl, I’ve pretty much moved past that.  I still wear makeup, dresses, and jewelry, but I’m no fragile flower. The reason I bring this up here is linked to some experiences in […]

Developing flow

September 7, 2012

A large portion of the effectiveness and speed of eskrima is flow – that elusive concept that allows eskrimadors to hit repeatedly, quickly, and with brutal results. I got a lot of practice on flow last night, in both siniwallis and directed sparring.  Siniwallis requires flow to work properly – you need to keep both […]

Two sticks and one BIG stick

September 5, 2012

Last night was a great class, as usual.  Nick and Maxwell are becoming really fantastic teachers.  We also had a student from a while ago show up, having just signed up for the Cove again – Rio.  I’m hoping we see more of him. As usual, we split the class into two disciplines – siniwallis […]

On continuing to edge toward my next rank plateau

August 1, 2012

Last night was a pretty full class – three basics students, three beginner students, one intermediate student, and two advanced students/assistant instructors.  We focused on dequerdas/serrada for the first part of class, then siniwallis for the rest of it. These days, I’m focusing a lot on aspects of the art that have been a problem […]

Two sticks and sparring

July 27, 2012

Siniwallis is always challenging.  You’ve got two weapons of equal length, so you need to be as ambidextrous as possible.  You have to keep track of your partner’s two sticks, and keep your own from getting tangled. The biggest issue, at least for me, is flow.  I have so many things to keep track of […]

The return of good bruises

June 22, 2012

Last night, lots of good things happened in class. First off, we had four new people show up, which is always fun.  Though it does lead to people getting all clumped together during the warm-ups, like rush hour traffic. While Instructor McWethy spent most of his time with the new folks, the rest of us […]

KDM basics – don’t try so hard!

June 13, 2012

I got to work with one of the new folks last night, and it fascinates me how, as newbies, we all try so incredibly hard, slapping hands away, dodging and panicking, and of course holding our breath as though we’re underwater. So much of eskrima is flow and efficiency.  A parry isn’t a big motion, […]

The effortless nature of true knowledge

June 8, 2012

A truth that seems to be universal  – once you pass a milestone, you wonder why you were working so damn hard before. Working with Maxwell last night on largo techniques using a variation of the break-in break-out drill, I was busting my butt trying to close range and attack.  Maxwell pointed out that I […]

Back to basics

June 6, 2012

We’re back to hammering on basics on Tuesdays, and I’m very happy about it. As someone who doesn’t have a regular training partner outside of class, there are a lot of concepts that have made their way into my brain, but not my muscles.  I can understand the concepts of ballet (for example) better than […]

In which I block things with my fists

May 23, 2012

Last night’s class was a fantastic mash-up of largo mano and siniwallis concepts.  While my brain got a few new wrinkles while working on this, my knuckles got some major clonks in the process.  Mostly my own damn fault, as one would expect. Maxwell worked with the lower level students on largo and siniwallis basics, […]