Cascadia North 2012: Greatest Hits – The Rough Cut

I decided to bite the bullet and upload some footage from the 2012 edition of Cascadia North. I’ve been sitting on most of the footage while I looked for a chance to properly edit it down to a nice short catchy video. Free time seems to be lacking these days, so…here’s a wee peek! And do not take what you see as any sort of indication of anyone’s fighting level. I cherry picked things that I thought might be visually interesting. The attitude of almost every fighter at the event was one of earnest fun, not of trying to better someone else. Respect the fighters and the event before you make any comments…or better yet, show up next year and see what it’s all about.

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Five More

Girls win, Marozzo follows, the Portuguese are catching up. T-shirts sales are looking up, so we’ll be re-jinking our method of selling them and adding new designs soon-ish. The “Hits like a girl” shirts are the easy bestsellers, followed by the House Marozzo. House Figueiredo is catching up, while Fiore and Liechtenauer are dead last in the house wars. Italo-iberians stylists are the big t-shirt winners so far. Poor grandfather Fiore seems to be forgotten, and I’ll just assume the german stylists haven’t figured out the shirt thing yet. We’ll give them a little time. I love the opening game of Go, but it’s the bare beginning. After the matadorian manouvering, the battlefield becomes somewhat defined. The next step in the game usually falls into a rather neat phase. The good players start to build patterns, repeating structures that act as traps or fortresses. They try to interrupt the other…

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It’s a bit daft in here…

Sexism confounds me. I suppose some degree of it is understandable in poorly educated pre-teens, but in adults? Confounding and irritating. Complementing a woman you aren’t very familiar with on her physique or “womanlyness” in whichever aspect catches your eye at the moment is the same thing as complementing the weather: Everyone can do it, but no one should ever think they are clever or endearing for doing so. How hard is it to see people as people first before you start sticking them into categories? You know, for a walking pool of cells, you manage your bone structure really well! Congratulations on having a digestive tract. You’re a credit to collective organisms everywhere…not like that bitch Cheryl, she’s just a goddamned jellyfish with a spine stuck in. Like to see her try to take a step am I right? Drives me insane in martial arts circles, and always will.…

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Five Lessons

Go is the perfect training tool for fencing. I don’t know why more people don’t use it. I was introduced to the game by a high school computer science teacher. He thought it was the perfect method to teach logic to students…being an old-school programmer, his idea of computer science class was mostly lessons in logical thinking. I benefited a lot from local teachers who taught courses outside the generic curriculum. So sad that I only partly realized the benefit of this when I was in school… Go is a simple game, but incredibly complex once you get past the first few games. You can teach all the rules to someone in a few moments, and be working on a full game right after. For a lot of people, that’s all you ever need. For a lot of people, that’s all you can ever understand. Even the pro’s spend years…

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Pain is the big mind killer, but it still passes

Some morning are just damned rough. This cold just lingers and lingers, and my night was a sea of dizziness and sniffles, turned to headache and coughing this morning. I slept in hours late, but still feel ragged. I like to try and work past such feelings, but my first run of morning frog stands made my arms feel like overstuffed sausages about to burst. My joints hurt, and I just want to call it quits for the day. So, off to make coffee. I console myself that I’m sick, and I can catch up on my workouts tomorrow. Except I think I may have said that yesterday. And I know tomorrow is the start of two months fulltime work, so I’ll only have morning time for a blog post before I get out the door, and night time will be mostly writing. So, after a bit, one more try…

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Episode 118: A Caffeinated Hope

Saw a great space last night, might be the perfect spot for regular classes. It’s currently a rehearsal/performance space for the arts community. Huge floor to ceiling mirrors, good lighting, nice atmosphere. The owner used to fencer epee, too. It’s not immediately by the skytrain, but it’s a short, quick walk. Courtney and I walked it last night in no time. I’d say between 5-10 minutes, and there is a bus for the lazy. It’s equally placed between the old and new skytrain lines, about 5-6 blocks from the the closest station on either line. There you go. With those clues, see if you can figure out the location! Had a good training session with Jordan yesterday. We started out with slow work, and I used what I saw from him during that to decide which aspect of his fencing game we were going to work on in this session.…

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