Delays Getting Started!
I was looking forward to my first class with GM Shelly on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 It's obvious that getting things going will be a little tougher than I had planned. I was instructed to find a training partner whom I can spar with throughout the week back in my hometown, as I must travel a 5-hour round trip every Saturday for the training I desire and need a sparring partner here to practice with during the rest of the week.
All seemed like I was all set up. I wanted to give my own brothers an opportunity to meet GM Shelley along with me so they had a chance to be involved. After the Guru Daniel Prasetya's open house on Feb. 6, my youngest of two brothers seemed to be truly amazed and interested in the arts of Silat and Arnis. He seemed to be all ready to rock and roll, but exactly a week later he decided it would be too expensive and too time consuming for him.
My only vehicle has repairs that are necessary to get squared away before I can make the weekly journey. No heater and no defrost -- I think it needs either a blower or a switch. Since the mornings are still freezing cold, I won't make it to Ft. Collins on Saturday mornings with the truck until I at least get that ironed out.
I'm back to "square one" in locating a training partner who wants to ride down to Ft. Collins with me on Saturdays. I put up a MySpace page and also created some fliers for GM Shelley's classes so locals up here in my hometown can hopefully develop an interest in joining with me for the weekly trips. The MySpace page has acquired me 8 friend adds, but believe it or not, every single one of them see the videos and have said the following to me:
"Good luck on your search. Looks like you'll need it, because health insurance plans are going to be heavily used with something like that training for the mending of broken fingers, arms and skulls. Sorry, I'd love to, but I'd like to be around to have old age visit itself upon me. Thank you for the invitation though."
"That is just sick. We have enough criminals in the world, and I don't intend to learn how to be one. It is just so wrong to be teaching people stuff like that. You can count me out."
"Thanks for the invite. I would love to, but I'm on rotating shift work at the factory and won't be able to attend every class on Saturdays. I wish you well on your journey. Thanks for the invitation and hope I can someday join with you. Kinda tough at the moment, but it sure looks flashy."
Looks like it's going to take some waiting for the right-minded person to come along. For sure, I bet it's going to be tough finding someone who is dedicated and disciplined who is willing to stick it out with me (no pun intended) to mastery of the art. I'm now finding myself so very ready to start training, and the excitement is making it a painful wait, to be honest.
I've been finding myself saying mentally, "Please, please, please! Someone please come along, or I'm going to have to re-locate to Ft. Collins where I should be able to spar with those who live there!" Yes, I'm very willing to re-locate just to learn this art. I have that much interest. GM Shelley and Guru Daniel are, in humble expression, simply the greatest fellows I've ever met. Waiting to get started is driving me absolutely insane! Oh, and did I mention it's making me insane? Oh wait, yeah I guess I did mention that already.
Try and Try Again
Now I must work overtime hours with my writing to hopefully get the auto parts and also find the time to get them installed so I can get down to Ft. Collins next Saturday (Feb. 20, 2010) -- sparring partner or not. I know every week that goes by, I'm missing out on some really excellent, unparalleled training. From what I saw at the open house, I know this for a fact.
Will begin weekly, or at least monthly, posts about progress. It's my desire for any newcomers to the art to see just what the training entails, and by keeping an ongoing diary of sorts, hopefully it proves useful to many.