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!
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.