a reply to: BASSPLYR
It was a damn blast--he even had me demonstrate a few things, and I actually did them not just correctly, but well (which is a big deal when all I've
really done prior to this point is Krav and Eskrima). There was a LOT of martial-arts knowledge in that room, and he even had some of his top
instructors from his the IMB Academy in California there with him.
I was okay with the Muay Thai boxing session on Saturday morning and the Eskrima/Kali Saturday afternoon, as Krav has a lot of striking in it, and
obviously my comfort with Eskrima was already there.
Jeet Kun Do on Sunday morning was a bit more testing of my skills, but I was still relatively decent at it (this was where he had me demonstrate a
couple of things because he was watching me do them correctly--talk about feeling a bit of pressure).
The Jiu Jitsu on Sunday afternoon was the one that was the farthest from my comfort zone. I did like all of the wrist locks and key locks and
techniques to get out of them in the standing portion, but once we got down on the mat, that was where I was uncomfortable with it, as I hadn't done
any ground combatives yet. That said, I loved it. The only thing was was really odd for me was the rolling on the mat--when we got into the techniques
about countering chokes and applying arm bars and ankle pressure, I was decent at that (although being 5'5" tall, getting my arms able to lock around
someone's head or getting my legs over their heads is a bit of a challenge--but there's always a way).
I'm excited, because when I test out of level 3 (Krav) on Friday, 1/3 of the level-4 curriculum is ground combatives taken almost directly from Jiu
Jitsu, so I'm pretty pumped to learn some of that. Hell, that's all that we worked in Krav last night, even though it is level-4 stuff--I enjoyed it,
but damn, don't start throwing random s**t in my brain the week of testing!
Anyhoo, this is a big enough occasion to share a pic of me on ATS, which I very rarely do--Me and Sigung Richard.
It really was great, and some of his stories about getting into martial arts and about Bruce Lee were really great to hear.