Another fine time in Toronto. Once again a particularly enjoyable group to work with, and a great pleasure to see my good friend Sled Dog.
Due to my struggling with a lingering case of the cooties, we passed on working our Kali Tudo Running Dog Game (I did demo it for about 20 minutes on Sunday though) and focused mostly on various aspects of stickwork.
Due to a smaller room at the first seminar, I had not gone into Dos Triques (our double stick blend of Kali and Krabi Krabong of Thailand) which is one of the primary building blocks of the system. This time around though we had a bigger room (thank you once again Cross Fit) and so we were able to get some good work done. I speak of DT consisting of "mathemaniacal formulaes" -- and I suppose I could say that the stages that people go through in learning the material is a mathematical progression of its own.
Step One: Oh, that looks really easy.
Step Two: Ummm, , , uhhhh, , , show me that again please?
Step Three: OK, got it.
Step Four: Ummm , , , no I don't. I (or DT
) must really suck.
Step Five: OHHHH!!! I get it , , , No I don't , , , Yes I do , , , Light bulbs begin to light up everywhere.
Step Six: As the rules of the formulae are understood, the practitionere begins to self-correct.
Step Seven: Additional details are brought out
Step Eight: Additional combinations are introduced, deepening the understanding of the formulae.
Then we see how the footwork matrix and its formulae apply in different weapon categories.
In this case we went to single stick:
1) Salt & Pepper: "a triangle from the third dimension" (TF3D) combination series against the forehanded counter attacker
2) the Kalimba Dodger: again TF3D, this time against the forehanded "Mongo Smash" fighter
3) Outside sweep, Inside Diamond: TF3D against the backhander
We finished on Sunday with Kali Tudo Trig 101 into outside diamond triangle angular crash-strike combination: "Stepping throught the portal to the magical dimension where martial arts and crafts actually work" (c)
Monday morning worked with Rene and two good friends of his (Gordon, Andre) on some closed door material.
I am delighted to announce that Rene is now a DBMA Group Leader.
Walk as a Warrior for all our days,