I've been meaning for some time to post my ideas for training and practicing escrima so my students could gain more insight into my own process and evolution. While I could simply put another page on my website, I'm intrigued by the idea of getting feedback where it can be shared by others, so I'm starting this blog. If I don't like the results, I can always change formats later. Anyway ... sometimes I have ideas that I write down, often at odd hours - either things I would like to work on in class, or thoughts inspired during class. While I have definite protocols I follow in teaching basics, this is a living art, and that means experimentation and growth. There may be principles to which we adhere as guideposts to our training, but the actual practice is an interactive one, requiring thoughtfulness to extract the best we can achieve. Thus I may run you guys through the same ol' same old stuff, but it really never is the same. There are good days and bad days, but overall there is progress, an increase in skills, and each time we go through the material, I keep finding new ways to bring it out in people. Like I said, it's interactive, so you guys keep pushing me to find new ways to understand what we do, which helps me, and helps me to help you too.