Making Up Class on the Fly

Writing a blog post is a lot harder that creating a class to teach for the night. As I sit around in the morning, sipping my coffee with the deadline ticking ever closer, I have to think about what I want to write. Some days it’s easy. I hit the keyboard with my focus in front of me, crank the music, and spill it all out in one long burst. Other days I muddle and can barely crank out one paragraph after the other, each just barely connected to the next. Most days it’s work. Every day I have to write something that will interest someone, that will give at least one reader something to think about or talk about for the day. My goal is to reach for that every day…but it’s like a long conversation with a good friend. Sometimes you just feel talked out, and want to…

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Building a Workout Plan

It’s Thursday morning, which means I have a little over ten hours until I’m back in class. I’m already getting excited. It’s hard to sit down and write, because I want to run around and shadow box. I want to hit my L-sits. I want to move. I don’t want to wait til tonight for class. It doesn’t seem fair that I have to wait…I’m bursting with energy now. A good workout program manages your energy levels, and keeps you excited for more work all the time. It also keeps you steadily improving. It doesn’t make any sense, though. If you don’t understand the science behind it, it can feel kind of weak. It’s not the workout you think you should be doing, and it’s not as challenging as you feel it should be. We want the montage. We want an incredible few weeks of mind-bending effort that magically transforms…

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Explorers, Pioneers, and Settlers

The back of my head is full of dreams locked away, visions buried in the hope of different times to come. I had the motivation to learn when I was younger, but means and circumstances taught me to compromise. I would have loved to have been the obedient and hungry student of a master instructor, absorbing their complete system…but that’s not the path for a roamer. I always wanted roots, a safe place I could call home forever. It just doesn’t seem to be the way the world rolls for me. I’ve learned to find solace in what’s around me, and not in things that I can’t hold on to. I’ve held on to a lot of bits of martial arts over the years. Moving from town to town, from school to school and teacher to teacher, I was always looking for the one true art. Taught, of course, by…

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A Little More Film Fun

The new phone has a handy built-in video highlight feature. Just had to try it out in class last night, and share the results with you guys. A little swordplay: A smidge more of our workouts: And a little bit more of the whole class: Apparently the software uses some complexity juggling to stitch things together, and it’s tweakable with some work. I’ll be putting together some more video this weekend to explain what we do in class better, but I thought you all might enjoy the little robot-generated teasers first. If I can figure out a quick way to tweak them, I might make a habit of uploading highlight videos every few classes…probably to facebook, maybe google+. They sure are fun so far…

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Anabasis Marozzo

We’re transitioning to three days a week of training at Valkyrie WMAA. The plan is to keep the Monday and Thursday night slots ongoing at One Thousand Rivers, and start outdoor classes Saturday afternoons, taking advantage of the awesome Vancouver weather and beautiful parks and beaches. For the next little bit our schedule is a little changeable, due to us giving up a few of the Monday night slots so another group can get some heavy rehearsal time in. In exchange for this we are getting some indoor Saturday slots. I toyed with the idea of just taking Monday’s off, but I realize now it would be better to just jump into the three day training thing now. To keep up on the latest updates to classes, check out our facebook page. Things will be a little more regular in June, or when we get enough students to start looking…

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Warts and All

No time for a blog post today or tomorrow, so I put this video together last night to make up for it. I fought all the students last night, one after the other, and put it up for your review. I slowed it down to half-speed, because that seems to be the speed that best represents what the fights actually felt like. I’m not interested in critique at all, but if you feel like playing a game, you can see if you guess what my strategy was in each bout, and why it worked or didn’t. If I get the chance tonight, I’ll write up what I was actually thinking. Bouts in order are me against: Aaron, Worf, Robin, Gunslinger, She-Hulk (My Darling Wife Who Refused to Let Me Win. Pout.), and Tao. The last fight was against Squeak, but since she was running the camera, it’s on another clip.…

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