Well we’re back to training.
I’ve been working for Habitat so I’ve been inconsistent. Some of you have been away or occupied with life events and duties, but looks like we’re all settling in so we can start training together again. I’ll be regular at Black Lightning unless I post differently on Facebook, and we have a Sunday morning group meeting in Campbell Park with Guru Aldon leading.
Let’s do our thing and have some fun.
I may not be as fast and agile as my instructors or even a lot of my peers, but I still do the Kali Silat Dance Of Life.
It is my own, never the same as the one done before, and I always enjoy learning from the dance.
Doing some Karate Style movement in a gi.
I don’t move like this much anymore and it made different parts of my body sore. At my best, I combine some Karate, Kickboxing, Kali & Silat movement in my carrenza or kembangan, or call it freeform kata! It doesn’t often look like the classical or indigenous manner of movement. After a flowery motion I might jump spin crescent kick into a 1-2/round kick combo, then into a lankha/juru.
Yep, it’s a westernization of eastern concepts, but the east can take that and reclaim it back. After all, some of the martial art boxes are artificial and more nationalist that humanist, therefore they can be expanded.
Shout out to the Kali Silat crew this weekend.
We went a little more structured and in order. Normally I take a look at the students and look to give them what they want or need, but sometimes you have to bring them to what you want to give them.
This week in our Kali Silat training Group class we:
- Covered #’s 1-12 of the 64 Attacks, r &l hand, full power, double force, broken & fluid strikes.
- 4 wall blocks
- Seguidas # 1-6
- Combat striking set
- 5 count offensive set; stick, knife, and empty hand
- Blitz punching
- 1 counter with takedown
- Review of basic entries for a lead hand strike and for a 1-2 punch
We had fun doing it, and we fine-tuned at every step of the way.
Good work everybody. You should always be refining what you’ve learned previously, and adding to it. The idea is to have material you can develop for yourself and your loved ones all your life. If you like what we do, feel that you’re learning valuable skills and concepts, having fun while at it, then tell a friend, bring a friend.
My teaching style may not be for everyone. I’m not a 6″5, 300 lb gruff killer looking individual, I like to joke and clown a bit. I don’t stress you about you’re not grasping or performing fiercely right away, in fact, I’m rather gentle. I don’t hold students hostage to the art, or to me. That’s why I say “every thing is homework.” Learn whatever I can teach you, personalize it for yourself (the art was made for man, not man for the art), own it, share it, live.
See you all next week!
It’s always a good day when you can learn, train, have fun, not get hurt, and work within your abilities and capabilities. This is a great group. I’m always learning too.
Rick Vargas Kali Silat and Self Defense Training Group
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I like this guy. He’s teaching some Pentjak Silat Cimande Jurus and concepts. But he does so with his student in a graceful and efficient manner. He’s what I call a “Soft Touch” instructor, also what I consider myself. While teaching; some instructors are always showing off how hard they hit and how fast they are, on the compliant, there to learn students.
Like this gentleman, I look to teach efficiency via economy of energy and movement. See how he’s concerned with the student. Martial arts for me are more like science than “rock’em sock’em robots.” Besides, any brute can hit hard, and there’s always someone bigger and harder.
Watch him teach, and learn!