IAW Headquarters Trip – Day Eight

It was a free Friday morning. So I took off to Karlsruhe for a tasty lunch at my usual eatery there and a sunny stroll through the pedestrian-friendly streets.

This time, while crossing a long arcing bridge on the way downtown, I even managed to happen upon several dust-bathing elephants. I’ll have to assume they were just local zoo denizens. Taking advantage of the extremely convenient public transport system, I made it back in time to Bruchsal for a Special Class at the Headquarters.

The current summer event schedule has been perfect for an indefatigable WingChun journeyman like myself, since many days have featured multiple trainings. Today is no exception as we subsequently geared up for a Master Class, my second one this visit.

Tonight integrated a wide-ranging mix of representative excerpts from our Forms, Sections and Applications. Sifu was deliberately preparing us for our important Sunday endeavor. In an earlier post, I briefly referred to this occassion. I’d like to elaborate. Continue reading

IAW Headquarters Trip – Day Seven

Once again I met up with Sihing Marc today. This morning it was to complete our first testing session for the Fourth Level of Escrima called Espada y Daga, which covers the flexible usage of asymmetric weapons. For a couple searing hours Sifu had us coordinate a sword and shield in numerous attack and defense patterns.

Animating metal is more rigorous than wood or bone. You also quickly determine the exact feel of optimal biomechanics, or the lack thereof, because your skin, muscles and joints soon tell you otherwise.

Then, in the afternoon I had a Double Lesson with Sihing Ralph. Sifu focused on refining a couple parts of the First Section, namely, 7 and 9.2. I have executed these sequences for hundreds of cycles. But never quite like this. To say the least, the simultaneous power and precision we exerted was enlivening.

Finally, I finished off Thursday with another HQ evening class, which I mostly spent training with Sihing Chris. This ended the first week of my trip. It’s been extremely action-packed so far. But perhaps the busiest days are yet to come.

I wonder what enlightening topics await our keen attention at the Special Class and Master Class tomorrow. Will let you know as soon as I do.