Session 6-23-13

Totally forgot to post last weeks report…Just Chris and I…shadowboxing, focus gloves and 3 count drill done full contact…pretty intense.

Jason and I attempted to get together on Wed but ended up drinking beer instead:)

On Sunday it was Jason, David a new guy and I. Much of Sunday’s session was spent on smithing. I imparted my limited wisdom and experience to the two young guys who want to get into it. We then collected the scattered coal from my property (Old railroad land, just completely littered with chunks of coal) I left the youngsters to gather coal and went in to work some navaja with Jason. We covered to ruses, one tot he inside and one out as well as the viaje (a thrust with a passing step, very powerful and covers a good bit of distance).

Just after we worked on these concepts the other guys rejoined us after their quest for coal was complete. Gearing up we let Jason use his new found ruses against unsuspecting opponents.

We then worked two throws and ended the session with some good hard boxing.

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Session 6-9-13

On Wed it was Gary, David and I. Two solid hours of boxing, savate and grappling. These two young guys are getting so much better with every passing week. Great to see it but I am going tops tart getting my ass kicked soon.

Sunday, Gary, Jason and I.
2 rounds shadow box
2 rounds boxing
2 rounds savate
1 round combat
1 rounds partnered footwork

Good hard work by Gary and I…pretty much wore me out so Jason jumped in and we decided to work some weapons. These guys had not done any JdP yet so with the nice weather and a couple of long sticks I took them out and gave them an introduction to our big stick program.

Recreational Violence weekend 2013 AAR

This was our least ambitious event so far, fewest instructors, fewest attendees and least advertised. Really too much going on this year to have even held the event but decided to just go small rather than not at all. Despite this it was a fantastic time.

Jumping right into the classes:

Day 1
Silver taught by Randal G…we had out only Friday class in the evening, a quick look at a new interpretation of George Silvers material, very interesting.

Day 2

RAF style fisticuffs…I taught a class of basic Russian fisticuffs with a focus on the round blow.

Montante taught by Randal Gustitis…great class! My mind is still healing from this one.

Sgian dubh treachery taught by Chris Thompson…short knife employed treacherously. My daughter Sophia and I worked together in this class. Nothing more wonderful than seeing a 10 year old going through the motions of slitting her fathers throat.

Test Cutting run by Kirk Lawson…4 hours later we had killed a great number of water jugs, pool noodles, ribs and two chickens.

Day 3

Classical Pugilism as Physical Culture taught by Kirk Lawson…we went through a number of concepts from Classical Pugilism including some really great partner drills for improving strength, flexibility and cardio. Many of these exercises are going to become a regular part of my training.

Footpad and Can taught by me…a basic quick method for fighting with a shillelagh.

Thi-Bowie taught by Randal G…bowie work based on the writings of Thibault. Made the Spanish style accessible to a simpleton like me:) Went from not getting it to getting it real fast.

Broadsword sparring concepts taught by Chris Thompson…In this class Chris went over some basic strategies for winning, not just fighting a broadsword bout. I have the welts to prove it.

Overall great weekend with great people, great conversations to an average of 3 AM each night, great drink and my wife went crazy making food. Already looking forward to next years event.

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