Not Quite Flamenco

Just a quick update today. Off early to work. Jobs care not for the aches of muscles, it seems… Took the opportunity to work with some of the material from Puck and Mary Curtis’s “From the Page to the Practice” overview of Spanish Destreza in class last night. The footwork was already familiar to the students, so I took about ten minutes to demonstrate the four general techniques and have the students drill them out a bit. Straightforward and easy to understand, everyone picked it up really fast. We moved on to slow work immediately, trying to chain the techniques together and see what worked, what didn’t, and what we wanted to learn more about. I’m considering moving to the destreza language for teaching in class. The method laid out in the pdf is easy to understand, and offers an elegant approach to explain technical actions using english. The interpretation…

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Little Voices

That first big punch that lands on you drops your skill down to about a quarter of what it was. If it’s the first time you’ve been seriously hit, it’s a crossroads that will determine your fighting life for ever after. You can shrug off and tough out lesser blows, but the one that really rings your bells is the test. Just one of many in the life of a fighter…all important. Swordplay is one of those martial arts that lends itself to a false confidence, and to fantasy. Bereft of bloodshed, and the true fear of it, our only judge of the reality and effectiveness of our systems becomes tenuous. We are unsure how to evaluate ourselves, so we are forced to rely on the wisdom of others. Truth can evaporate. People can spin wonderful webs of logic, and build a solid looking fantasy out of dusty cobwebs. Others…

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A look behind the doors

If we had doors to hide behind, anyways… Putting together the first promo clip for the Valkyrie WMA Assembly was a bit of a challenge. Our camera has been busy. I leave it on a table at the side of class, and encourage students to take a few shots if they are sitting out or taking a break. Since December, I’ve downloaded over four thousand shots from the camera, and a few dozen videos. None of us are photographers, so it takes a few hundred shots to do what a pro could do in one or two… I still had to make some decisions about what to showcase. It would nice to share some of the workout. Lots of people ask about our boxing, and the 5×5 drill, so it would be nice to show that as well. I could show off the drills and detail work of the students,…

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