16/17 July 2022 Class Journal

The training program for today should have been Ilustrisimo sword training. The plan was to do an hour of Sera and then an hour of clinch work. What we ended up doing was me training sword work solo followed by two hours of Sera; that’s how it works out sometimes, you pencil in a programContinue reading “16/17 July 2022 Class Journal”

9 July 2022 Class Journal

Third group class back after six weeks off due to holidays and research in Spain. Minimal numbers this week as lots of people are either away or dealing with emergencies. Bancroft came early, and we worked about an hour and a half on the Ilustrisimo sword. We got to train outside instead of my garageContinue reading “9 July 2022 Class Journal”

25 June 2022 Class Journal

Back to class after four or five weeks off doing research and some travel to Spain. The first class back is all about getting back what I call class conditioning. Experience has shown me that you lose a bit of conditioning every day you are away. A PTI in the military once told me thatContinue reading “25 June 2022 Class Journal”

Testing your mettle

Testing your mettle was a reasonably common combat arts term when I was growing up because as you went through your training until you had been in a combat situation, you were regarded as untested. Being untested is not actually a bad thing at the beginning of your journey, but at some point, you eitherContinue reading “Testing your mettle”

KORA Class Update

I have had many inquiries about training post-pandemic, so I thought it would be easiest to post my current class. I currently teach two separate arts; the first is Sera, a Pukulan Silat system. Our branch comes to us via Earnest (Ventje) De Vries and is currently more of a closed door, friends and familyContinue reading “KORA Class Update”

Formula For Success

A slightly revised and refined formula for success for our KORA method. Avoid. Disable. Kill. Ideally, we would avoid and go a long way to do that. Failing that, we may disable and, on occasions, kill. Context is so important in combat training, but many martial artists don’t even have a formula that has beenContinue reading “Formula For Success”

Solo Training

I have about a week’s worth of enforced solo training ahead of me, which is not really a problem as I have a lot of solo work to draw from. Today’s session was a mixture of Sera jurus, Karbi Krabong modified for my stick fighting and some sword strokes combined with footwork. Yes, before anyoneContinue reading “Solo Training”

Logging Flight Time

Throughout the 1970s, 1980’s and 1990’s I logged every martial arts training opportunity and workout session, tracking the total number of minutes each month. At some point in the early 2000s, I gave up, probably because I was no longer competing. I also lost all my training logs during a house move, which means IContinue reading “Logging Flight Time”