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MOKOMOKO 2019 KNIFE SPARRING JIMMY AND MICHAEL***

Jimmy and Michael Single knife sparringhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/320413651490604/This is my First Knife Sparring video from MOKOMOKO 2019. Great Venue ...
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My Journey: From Kombatan Neophyte to GM - Post 003

Now I Should Be Able to "Stick" With It!

Wow, equipment is all acquired, now if the student can just get the transportation thing ironed out - my little 1987 Mazda B2000 has been involved in a collision and it is a real mess. I've got a motorcycle currently being paid for to do the 5-hour round trip to Ft. Collins each Saturday through the Summer months, but can't have the joy of the new toy until all payments have been made. It's a "release upon final payment" situation, but hey, it makes me work harder to get things paid as fast as possible.

Rattan Sticks Arrived

I just received the Rattan sticks I ordered from Nap. David Guillory of Mary Esther FL. I must say that David produces a very fine work of art. The joints are neatly evened out, the heat treatment was done just right, and he provides very prompt service. He gets right to work on making sticks if emailing him to let him know payment was sent, and he ships them the same day the payment arrives. This makes for a great turnaround!


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As you can see, David's workmanship even looks good when taking a photo of them with the camera on a Blackberry cell phone! Only wish the photo did justice with the more intricate details, but suffice it to say, I'm pleased with this set! They feel just right to me, as a beginner, as they aren't too heavy and not too light. Now all that remains is to put them to work, as David says that is where his sticks really shine.

First Actual Training

I'm elated! My brother said he would run me down to Ft. Collins this Saturday since I haven't gotten the pickup truck repaired enough to make the 240 mile trips yet, and said he will take me down this Saturday (Feb. 20, 2010). I'll go over the first training here on my blog. Again, it's my hope that, once I really get cooking with the training, this blog "diary" may prove useful to any newcomers to the FMA! I'll keep a running dialog of when new skills are learned, how long it takes me (a 41 year old - if you're younger, you'll probably learn faster lol) to test out on levels, and will even write about any broken teeth, busted jaw bones, concussions, broken fingers, artificial joints, and any other injuries I may run across throughout the length of my training -- IF I can still type, that is. (Don't let me scare ya off, such injuries aren't that common, but any time one is experiencing sticks, there is always the possibility of some bumps and bruises, at the very least).

Not only should my continuing rundown serve as a reference point to those just entering the FMA themselves, I desire to have the ability to look back on my own progress history as well. No matter how one looks at it, a good well-written history should be of benefit to all involved.

Ingat!

Kurt

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Comment by Joshua Morale on February 19, 2010 at 8:04pm
Good luck, just remember it takes thousands and thousands repetitions to gain proficiency , this comes with time and practice, once you do its in there. I guarantee that almost all members of this board are able to do the 6 count/ heaven 6, sinawali in their sleep. The key to getting things right in my opinion is to take notes and ask questions a good teacher will take the time and will want you to progress, just don't disrupt constantly.

After the first few sessions your shoulders and upper back will be sore , take it easy at first. warm up the shoulders before you start. be cognizant of blisters too trying to be hard and ignore blisters is just stupid. a pair of gloves for tire time at first is a good idea. after a while blasters arent a huge problem.

Also if this is your first pair of sticks do yourself a favor and buy a roll or two of electrical tape you will need it to extend the life of your sticks. The "secret" life of the eskrimador is all the time the spends taping and re taping sticks lol. that first pair goes fast.

The most practical piece of training equipment you can get is also the cheapest. An old tire or two. If you cant install something permanent a length of rope and an old tire tied to a tree can be one of the best training tools one can get . Well good luck hope this helps -Josh
Comment by Kurt Schanaman on February 19, 2010 at 8:18pm
Thanks for the pointers Joshua. From what I've been reading, even the "highest quality" sticks tend to only outlast lower grades by perhaps two to four months. Guess I best prepare to buy two or three pair of sticks per year especially if I end up with a brutal sparring partner.

I have quickly discovered why oak dowels and such aren't used for training already. I had a couple here at the house and cut two sets of 28-inch out of them. I watched a video of Guro Dan Inosanto doing the heaven 6 and the earth thing. Started just playing with duplicating his moves as he demonstrated in the video and have gotten good for an amateur, but I guarantee once I start training with GM Millspaugh, he will probably laugh and will immediately notice a lot of things I'm doing wrong. My two oldest daughters and I "think" we have the moves down but probably don't. And we've noticed that hardwoods splinter pretty quickly! Lesson learned: Hardwood dowels make for miserable training implements and videos are ok to watch, but don't try to learn from them without your instructors input.

Because I've tried to learn heaven 6 and the six-count Earth from Inosanto's video, I bet I'll already have to be corrected for bad habits I'm not aware of.

Looking forward to getting started with REAL training, for sure.

Thank you again for the advice. Something tells me my instructor may not like sticks with tape on them, but we will have to see. If anything needs taped, I certainly hope it is the sticks and not hands, arms, jawbones, etc. lol
Comment by Black Swan Tactical on March 24, 2010 at 7:43am
Kurt,

If you are looking for training equipment that you can create yourself I have another idea.

You might hang one to two old rattan sticks by string and strike at them. Get two rattan sticks, tie the first one off at the midsection of the stick at approximately the top of your head, then a second rattan stick down around your waist. They will spin around the string freely if you tie them close to their balance point. If you can hit the sticks after they are in motion that would make for good practice. I have videos on my portal at YouTube regarding this method. They use this method as well as the tires in the PI. I think I've got videos of practitioners from both Bahad Zu'bu, and Lightning Scientific doing this.

http://www.youtube.com/EditorialResponse

Talk to you later,
Thomas

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