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jaypo
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Joined: 26 Apr 2012
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Styles: Shotokan, Shorin Ryu

PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:40 am    Post subject: Took an Escrima class...... Reply with quote

I am a Shodan in Shorin Ryu and Shotokan Karate. The local YMCA advertised Anayan Escrima classes, so I went to one yesterday. It was being taught by a Police officer, and he and one other student were the only ones besides me.

Let me tell you this. I am pretty coordinated (or so I thought) in my own art. But when he handed me the sticks, that all went out the window! I'm used to swinging a sword with both hands or sai or a bo staff. Using a weapon in each hand felt very funky!! Just the basic striks felt very weird. However, it was very interesting and fun. As the instructor said, it's basically "jungle machete fighting"!

We did sticks, knives, and hand to hand techniques. Then we did some agility drills.

Overall, it was very neat to cross train and to realize how much work I need in certain areas. I think I'll go again as long as my schedule can accomidate it.
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Wastelander
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Joined: 18 Oct 2010
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Location: Phoenix, AZ
Styles: Shorin-Ryu, Shuri-Ryu, Judo, KishimotoDi

PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've played with it, a little, but it's not really my thing. Cross-training is definitely a valuable experience, though. Glad you enjoyed it!
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Zaine
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Joined: 31 Aug 2005
Posts: 1774
Location: Dallas, TX
Styles: Shorin Ryu, Shobayashi-Ryu, Shudokan, Long Fist, American Street Karate, Mantis, Schola Saint George (HEMA)

PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Escrima is something that I always have found fascinating but haven't tried out. It's cool that you branched out into something that you're unfamiliar with! It's always a great experience to do something that you are unfamiliar with and keep on doing it so that you can grow!
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bushido_man96
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Joined: 31 Mar 2006
Posts: 28955
Location: Hays, KS
Styles: Taekwondo, Combat Hapkido, Aikido, GRACIE

PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zaine wrote:
Escrima is something that I always have found fascinating but haven't tried out. It's cool that you branched out into something that you're unfamiliar with! It's always a great experience to do something that you are unfamiliar with and keep on doing it so that you can grow!
I agree. I've always been fascinated with stick fighting, and hope that some day I can find an instructor around that can teach me some.

Sounds like you had a fun time, and learned a lot! Keep at it!
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