WOW! That was my first impression. Today Guro Herald Casana and his wife drove five hours from Edmonton to train the Pekiti Tirsia Kali Lethbridge and Magrath Training Group. They left Edmonton really early to arrive in Lethbridge before 10:30 AM. For those who do not know, Edmonton and Lethbridge are a little more 500 kms/300 mi apart. So we really appreciate the sacrifice they made today.
We started the class with a short meet and greet. It’s nice for the rest of the team to finally meet Guro Herald. It was also good to see both training groups in the same room. Since there’s about 35 kms between Lethbridge and Magrath, this gathering is not a common sight.
This was followed by Guro Herald teaching us the history of PTK, footwork, single stick, double sticks, knives then dumog.
I would also like to mention that the training groups consists of friends, and fathers and sons. It’s nice to see that they’re creating new memories to cherish. They inspire to be a better person, not just a PTK practitioner.
Guro Herald took the time to draw the footwork on paper for visual references. The team drilled footwork for over half an hour. This is the foundation of many sports and martial arts is no exception.
Using the Tri V system, we then trained on the basic strikes with single stick. The emphasis was still footwork and the flow of the strikes. The team has come a long way since they first started training with me in February. I took a few seconds to appreciate their hard work and dedication.
With the basic single stick done, we moved on to bridging the gap. This is an important skill to learn. Bridging the gap improves timing, accuracy and control of the bad guy’s weapon hand. This then leads to take downs among other things.
We then moved on to double stick. Many of the team have done double stick work. However, Guru Herald threw in some new patterns that made neurons to start firing. Coordination was not quite there in the beginning. Eventually everyone started to get the new patterns. This is what we will work on next week, too.
End of part 1.