Guro Lem, Brian, Ryan, Chris, Shane, and Justin
Tonight’s class, we split the class in two groups. Justin is fairly new so we had the senior guys take turns teaching 3 of 9 template to him. Shane taught first and went through the counts 1-5 showing both Feeder and Receiver techniques. Brian continued with counts 6-9 showing Feeder and Receiver sides. Chris would later feed and receive 3 of 9. Justin got some good reps tonight.
As they were teaching 3 of 9 to Justin, we continued working on the different variations of 5 count passing drill from last class. We alternated drilling with each other. The last variation we worked on would be to get a vital target after every counter. Issues that came up were to be aware of blade profile after passing–keep it pointed in the right direction. Feeder 2 not stopping the motion of the drill. Also, we tried to keep the cuts/counters small instead of giving a wide swing of the blade.
Near the end of class, we all got into pairs and we did some blade sparring. The rules were to keep both feet planted during the match–no moving the feet. After 3 cuts, winners stayed on. Only vital targets counted and if you moved your feet you lost a point.
Good class tonight!
Guro Lem, Ryan, Shane, and Dan
Perspective students: Justin and Andrew
Tonight, we went over 5 count passing drill. Using the left hand as the passing/tapping hand while cutting with the right hand. Emphasized cutting like a scissor but not crossing the hands. The drill was practiced in level 2 range but for the advanced students they practiced it in level 3 range. Most of the guys didn’t move back so it was nice to see that they stayed grounded and not retreating back when doing this drill. Alternated feeds so both sides fed count 1, then count 2, and so on until finishing the drill. Later, we alternated counts where feeder 1 only attacked with odds, and feeder 2 only attacked with evens. Nice class tonight!
Brian, Ryan, and Shane
Brian led class tonight. He continued from Guro Joe’s last class working on the template 4 of 12. Working different variations:
front to back, side to back, and from the back. Using the left blade as a lever to turn the receiver.
Usually, we train with weapons or how to survive and protect our loved ones from violence. This time we were training a different skill-set. This past weekend we had the opportunity to learn from our very own instructor Guro Joe Cypressi on fire building and shelter. We had training hosted by Guro Joe Marana at an undisclosed area near his place. Brian, Ryan, and Guro Lem also attended the bushcraft basics class. First we learned how to build a fire. Making sure you pick the right wood was a very good lesson and making sure you had the wood ready to place in the fire. Later, we all teamed up to finish up the shelter that Guro Joe had started. He had started the frame of the shelter from a tree that was already leaning and we just build upon that. We didn’t have much leaves to use because summer was about to end, so we used grass to cover the shelter. In the end, we all had a good time learning the basics. Maybe one weekend we can go out for a night with family and show off our new skills.
Guro Joe C. trying our new built shelter
Instructing: Guro Joe C. and Guro Lem
Attending: Brian, Ryan, and Dan
We went through the 3 of 9 template right and left hand. Worked with changing the sequences and alternating left and right hands template. Drilled odds and evens on one side and switched. We worked through left defeats right. Reviewed true left and true right. Worked on Receiver hit-sets. Modifiers: panuntukan to each count. Receiver hit-set 2-count isolations.
Instructors: Guro Joe C and Guro Lem
Attendees: Dan, Brian, and Ryan
We continued with the stick grappling techniques from last week. These techniques are from Tuhon Tom’s stick grapping instructions in the past. We reviewed the stand up body lock to chokes with the stick. We went through some front head locks to guillotine chokes. Next, we transitioned from the side body lock to head and arm throw or to the neck crush. And also, we worked on some over-under clinch techniques to finishes.
We got some good reps drilling these sequences. We made them lightly free-flow through the locks from the side body clinch. From there, we had the Receiver’s give some reaction to which the Feeder’s had to move into the correct lock or choke or throw.
Next stick class we will review take downs with finishes. Also, maybe we will learn how to initiate a response to get entry.