Stick Flow

It was a cold day yesterday as is today.

I stood on the balcony, going through moves from the single stick and double sticks. Somehow the swings got faster and faster, and before I knew it I was taking moves from here and there and just making up the sequences as I went along.

Tuhon said that the basics for flowing freely resides in drills such as the angles of attack, the loading positions, the single stick vs double sticks drills, etc. This is why we are urged to drill them by the thousands.

I don’t really know how many times I have practiced the drills. I just practice them.

Kali Progress Check

Today I took my iKali progress check with two fellow students on Zoom. Reflections of my experience :-

a) Just because its through Zoom doesn’t make it any less easy

b) You can never prepare enough. With this in mind I prepared for L1M1 and L1M2 flows. Better to over prepare than under prepare but even then be prepared to be surprised.

For example, I learned the L1M2 flow one way then later a slightly different version was presented. So I focused on the 2nd version as that was the one that was covered in the live Zoom progress check.

Today we did the 1st version. Fortunately, I had done the 1st version before. The difference was that in the 1st version the EH part came first but in the 2nd version the Blade X-factor came first. It was good that we didn’t do it as a continuous flow so it wasn’t much of a problem.

c) Watch the feeder!!! This is a very important part for doing progress check. In the Zoom class our flow always started by stepping to the right then left. For some reason when it came to DS X-factor we started with high X-factor on the left then on the right. Later this version was changed to right high X-factor then left X-factor which made it consistent with the other drills.

Because I watched the videos for the Zoom classes so I did two versions and settled on the 2nd version. Today out of habit I did the 2nd version when the feed was for the 1st version. In retrospect it didn’t really matter because the DS X-factor can work whether I stepped to the right or left. Only thing is when the 2nd high strike came I wouldn’t need to step.

All I had to do was slow down, listen, watched and respond accordingly. Because I didn’t slow down enough when we went through the SS counters the timing threw me off at first. I normally would practice as each counter do once. The first sequence we did today called for 2 reps each time.

Yes, watch the feeder, watch the feeder. You react the way you train. If today’s progress check had been a live situation instead of a test I might have been hit more than necessary because I didn’t always react as I should by watching the feeder.

d) One thing I have never really prepared for was to train with sweat on the sticks. Normally I would wipe the sweat off. Today I was momentarily caught with sweat on the sticks and the flow started so I had to carry on with the possibility of the sticks flying off my slippery hands. I adapted by slowing a bit and not hitting too hard but I still had to follow the feeder’s pace.

This is what I like about the iKali class. Nothing is dumbed down. We are held to a high standard even though its virtual learning. The content could have been lesser to make it easier but no, we have a good balance of content, quite a lot actually as Master Ace pointed out at one time, but it makes for a good push to make us learn better.

The Zoom classes for L1M3 begins next week and I will join in. Fortunately, Eastern Standard time is 13 hours behind so the class will only begin at 6.30 am.

iKali Training

Training in iKali : Art of Blade

I am offering to share my knowledge of iKali free to anyone who is interested to pick it up. The learning will be focused on gaining functionality via mutual beneficial (spirit of bayanihan) training to elevate each other’s skill. iKali training is especially suitable for kids and mature adults.

In general four areas will be covered :-

a) Double sticks
b) Single stick
c) Blade
d) Empty Hand

Training duration 1.5 hours in the south west area (near Yew Tee MRT) every Friday night 7 to 8.30 pm.

Requirement – bring a pair of rattan sticks (contact me for info on where to buy), water, wear a mask and comfortable clothing.

As per COIVD-19 Phase III requirements not more than 8 participants will be allowed. A physical distancing of 2m (i.e. 2 arms-length) between individuals should be maintained at all times.

If interested contact me via PM or leave a comment here.

Less is More

The FMA Bayanihan Sabayan Taho was held over Zoom on 12 Dec 2020. The seminar presented tons of information, so much so it was enough to drown me mentally 100 times over.

Thankfully, the video of the seminar will be posted up for viewing and learning. Instead of the raw video Master Ace will present the recorded video in a series of shorter digestible clips.

And what a great job he has done from the looks of the clips that have already been put up. For once I am grateful that the clips are slowly being put up as this will give me the time to look, see, remember, digest and retain something.

I dived in and had a look at the first clip of Tuhon Apolo teaching the basics of what Grand-Tuhon Leo T. Gaje, Jr had presented earlier.

Barely five minutes in I stopped watching. OK, that’s a lot of information. Let me stop and digest it before I come back for more. Less is more.