Special thanks to Sifu Chris Hosman, 5th degree Black Belt in Mo Duk Pai, for leading a class on “Throwing”. The drills to work the concepts were simple enough and straightforward. But it was the attention to fundamental principles such as calmness to fit into position for a throw, or basic principles of structure examined at a deeper level that made this class special.
Sifu Patty O’Linger is hosting an Internal Arts workshop at the Academy of Martial Arts in early March. A huge favorite among regular PAWMA attendees, Master Shanti is gifted instructor and practitioner. The language and visualization strategies employed in her classes promises to be memorable and long-lasting. Master Shanti Workshop March 3, 2015 6:00-8:00 Internal Martial Arts Principals Academy of Martial Arts 3107 SE 90th Place, Portland email email@example.com if you have any questions or need additional information. $45 in advance or $50 at the door.
Each year I go, I am reminded how much there is to learn! The Black Belts of Mo Duk Pai provided top notch classes in the theme of Tributaries. This year, student were given a series of classes in our roots of training. And the student sure did soak it up – kudos to all of you who made it through. Lots of sweat and smiles this weekend! Its definitely not for everyone, but for those who attended, I think they got the value in getting out of Dodge for a bit and digging into training. Good to know where you come from and what makes this Art so effective! Continue reading “2014 Mo Duk Pai Training Camp”
The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu seminar was a great success. Everyone smiled, sweated and rolled around on the floor together. Thanks to Bill Bradley (and Nick from Seattle) who taught the course. Thanks to all who showed up and participated and thanks to Sifu Kyle for the use of his space.
I picked people’s brains afterwords about what they had learned, and everyone had something specific which they feel they took away from the session. Excellent.
For those who didn’t attend, talk to someone who did and be sure and ask them about: the spirit of Christmas, bad toupees, keeping your armpit stink to yourself and how “thing” from the Addams Family can help you choke someone out. Bill has some colorful metaphors. Or as one student put it: “he said stuff that seemed totally out of left field but then it stuck with me and I was thinking about keeping my armpit stink to myself all night.” Good stuff.
Ai Uchi is one of the drills Professor King shared with us during the seminar today. It means “mutual kill“. One version of the drill goes like this: two students salute in and prepare themselves mentally for an exchange. Once they are both ready, one student (doesn’t matter which one) throws a technique and the other immediately follows suit. The attitude both students are supposed to have is one of not caring about what happens to them but rather thinking about what they are going to do to their partner. Often, this attitude gets summarized as: “Today is a good day to die.”
The purpose of the drill is to build courage. With courage the door to training competency is open. The courageous student can keep their eyes open, can face the incoming threat and no longer has to charge directly into the jaws of death (though they can still do that if they choose) but can instead think thoughts like “Today is a good day to use the least amount of force possible in the face of the given threat, avoid injury and stay out of jail.”