Training in the Philippines 2011 – Part 3
The last three training sessions in Taal
were concentrated in refining the technique
and testing it in a less and less cooperative environment.
Free flow of counters in Largo Mano, counter per counter
and energy drills on the knife chapter knife,
and dealing with complex attacks in Corto Mano
(punyo, live hand attacks, locks, elbows, sweeps,
stick and live hand combinations etc.)
Bobby also concentrated on teaching me
fighting strategies for different ranges and weapons
and answering the questions that I previously wrote down.
And the end of the last session ( Sunday, January 30)
came with a final test for me:
six rounds of Largo Mano sparring – three rounds with Bobby,
two rounds with Serge (his advanced student and assistant)
and one with Vince (his son and advanced student,
an incredibly strong and skilled kid for his age).
Exhausting and painful, I am writing this post two days after,
and I’m smelling from the ointment I am using
to heal the bruises🙂
I left Taal on Sunday afternoon, still tired and a bit nostalgic,
but very happy for the time spent there and the
things I have learned and experienced in training,
and also very proud and honored to be the first person
officially allowed and certified to carry and represent
the name of Kalye Todo Arnis Panikuhan
outside the Philippines.
Maraming salamat for everything, pareng Bobby!