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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 […]

Footwork – eskrima

June 18, 2010

Chris ran warm-ups last night, proving once again that it’s really hard to add when your muscles are burning.  At least we got the same number twice this time. The night was a focus on footwork – as a defender, how does your foot placement affect your tactics?  What’s available to you, depending on the […]

Working in disarms – eskrima

June 4, 2010

Rio ran warm-ups last night – his first effort, and a good one.  I had to take it easy on some of the exercises because I had a twingy wrist, and even so I got a great workout. The class started off simply, with a bit of one-4-one to review blocks and evasions.  From there, […]

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 […]

Continuing the movement – eskrima

April 23, 2010

Matt led the warm-ups for a small but dedicated group last night, focusing on yoga poses that had us all panting and stumbling.  It’s especially difficult to do the balance poses on the thick judo mats in the dojo, but if we can nail them on the mats, real-world balance is going to be a […]

Largo sparring, less lightsaber, more eskrima

April 19, 2010

Chris ran warm-ups on Thursday night, forcing us all to do math while exercising.  Results were mixed, but the lack of blood in our brains didn’t reduce us to Neandertals, so I think we have hope of getting used to using our brains effectively while moving. We split up into groups again, white shirts in […]

Long stick sparring – eskrima

April 12, 2010

Oh, Thursday was *fun*. We started off with drills rotating the green shirts and blue shirts through a series of largo strikes and counters, aimed at making it easier to respond dynamically to largo attacks.  It was especially interesting for me when we had to keep up the cover & clear maneuver (basically a figure […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]