Thursday, December 27, 2007


I've begun training as a senior now, and I'm glad for it. I've rectified at least one issue - the issue of standing straight and not bending over. I tried maintaining it for the length of at least 2 free spars, and my back aches a lot less after training, so I must be doing something right.

I'm also learning more new drills, for which I'm very thankful. Lately, my attacks and defenses seem very much the variations of the same theme - long frontale, yield-to-counter, grab if they come close. Doing 5th drill and 1st drill for the first time opened my eyes to the possibility of strato deflects and pushes, along with fenestra "oh-shit" defenses.

I'm also very thankful for the fact that I'm alive and unhurt after a two-foot piece of steel hurtled past me. No further details needed.

I'm also glad for having spent time with my loved ones, friends and drinking buddies, ate like a pig, and for SAF's E-Mart purchases that comes with home delivery, so I don't have to skulk around Clementi Camp for the shit I need.

All in all, a wonderful and fruitful holiday season. I hope you've had the same.

1 comment:

Ilkka said...


To get you forward from that habit, and to help you with your posture, only yield if you get way superior pressure, or if your partner directs their cut against your blade instead of you (thus creating superior pressure). Otherwise, just close the line and hit them straight. If go close with a pass, either hit them straight or grab their handle with your left hand, then hit them or disarm.

Using frontale is very good.. when you're yielding, are you yielding to a pommel strike or a cut? Pommel strike should be preferred.

Also, are you yielding as a response to your partner's attack or as a follow up to his defense against your initial attack?

Both cases work, and you can be more specific (if you like, a "counter" is quite specific English in both cases) by using the terms "remedy" for the first defense and "counter" for the attacker's continuation. This is by no means necessary, but if you remember these from my presentation or otherwise, they'll help you analyze the stuff.

I hope to see you again, maybe late this year!