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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Espada y Daga – eskrima

May 11, 2012

Last night’s class was both awesome and exhausting, coupled with the nervous excitement of doing new things. Espada y daga is exactly what the Spanish words translate to – sword and dagger.  It’s a combination in feel of serrada and combat siniwallis – using two weapons, but one is still shorter than the other.  It’s […]

Balancing scales – eskrima

May 4, 2012

Martial arts is a balancing act between “martial” and “arts”.  Any given system can focus too much on one aspect or the other.  The system I train in aims to balance them. Lately, we’ve been catching up on the form and precision of the art to balance out the application of the martial, and I […]

Getting back into the groove

April 25, 2012

It’s been quite a while since I updated this blog regularly, and I’ve decided to have another go at it. Coming fresh off a seminar in Madison with our Inayan family in the IS3, the class has been working on a lot of serrada and lock & block. Serrada is a form of FMA created […]

The right amount of vigor

September 17, 2010

Nick knocked us around for warm-ups last night, and I’ve got the barked knuckles to show for it.  I think we did about 70 push-ups altogether, in 10 push-up increments.  Not counting the 40 a couple of folks had to do to atone for not wearing the proper uniform (ie still not sewing the patch […]