April is starting out chilly here in Kansas City (and I'm not complaining!). Let's roll.
We had a lot of fun working on staff for the last six weeks. We did a sixteen count staff striking set (staff held in thirds, staff held in different grips, staff extended to maximum length), we did a variety of defenses in a variety of ways against that set, and we played staff sumbrada (two different versions). That's actually a lot of material to cover in such a short time.
It was fun teaching, learning, and experimenting along the way. Going forward, we'll still use staff now and then.
Now the classes are going to diverge as we move back into traditional curriculum.
At the Meetup, we're going back into drills that lead to tapi-tapi. This is sort of our main theme for this year, so we'll be working on a lot of things related to this very key Modern Arnis drill, including locks, takedowns, traps, interrupts, and disarms, as well as just getting into the flow.
At Elite Dragon, we're into basic-to-midlevel curriculum. We're going to get through all five Defensive responses and the feeding pattern, play some block+check+counter, and probably work the slap-off drill.
Wednesday: Honors and Ranks and Titles, Oh My!
COME TRAIN WITH ME!
My teacher, Mark Lynn, will be teaching three kobudo forms at Elite Dragon on Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15. Of course I'll be there. He's going to join us at the Kansas City Presas Arnis Meetup on Sunday, May 16, as well.
Come meet me *and* Mr. Chick in Nashville!
There's another seminar we're working on hosting here in KC, but we can't it announce yet (one big detail has to be finalized). Keep an eye on it, because you're gonna want to come visit us.
And that's just through June. Martial arts stuff is spinning up big-time!
Today I'm getting the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. I've had friends say it's no big deal, and I've had friends laid up for days. Sure hope it's in the no-big-deal category!
This weekend is Easter - happy Easter to all of you who celebrate it!
Y'all stay safe, have fun, and keep training!