FCS Kali Cali San Diego Group welcomed another visit from our Manong Rich Verdejo, was it coincidence that the weekend Mng. Rich visits us that it was April Fool's Weekend? Somewhere in Rich's mind and heart I am sure he had it planned, at the very least what he had in store for us. Usually Mng. Rich's visit is just a Sunday affair, however over the weekend he came down early Saturday afternoon to begin a quick 2 hour session with those who could be there. This session was more or less review and showing of some new material, however the best part of the evening was post practice relaxing with Manong Rich, a hearty meal prepared by Bernard's wife and hosted by Ed and Armi. Then of course spirits and stogies into the late evening.
L to R: Wendel, Jim, Manong Rich, Erwin
Albeit this may have been no spirit binging session, it was enough to satisfy, good company and post meal luxuries certainly made for less snappy early awakening for Sunday's actual Group Practice, we even ended early just after midnight. For me at 2:00am before going to bed that evening/morning, I hadn't thought that Sunday was APRIL FOOL's Day..... (insert Manong Rich's evil laugh here) muhaha...muhaha.....!
April 1, 2012
06:00 - First April Fool's joke of the day, on myself.... Woke up because of wrongly set alarm, tried to sleep an extra hour before 8:00am Group Practice.
07:00 - Crawl out of bed - slightly hung over and dehydrated. Limp downstairs and begin re-hydration therapy: ibuprofen, water, and coffee w/ small breakfast.
07:50 - Josh and I head to "Luneta' Heritage Park to meet the Group for Practice, but not before visiting gas and pump convenience store - get Gatorade for needed re-hydration and 5 hour energy boost shot.
08:00 - Bernard, Patrick, Jeremy, Wendel, my son Josh and me are at the Park, some begin warm-ups, I continue re-hyrdatio and coffee therapy. BTW.... It's chilly this morning because of the overnight rain.
08:45 - Ed, Jim, and Manong Rich arrive.
08:50 - Running a warm up lap around the duck pond.
09:05 - Up and down the hill suicide runs.
09:10 - Bear crawl suicide up our 3 tiered grassy knoll hill. (We need to come up with a nickname for this now becoming infamous hill that has become part of our routine/torture.. "cough" I mean training.)
09:15 - APRIL FOOL's! Guess what Group...? Suicide Fireman Carries up the hill.
09:20 - The fun continues, in group's of three - Rescue Carries, you guessed it, up the hill, everyone take a turn getting carried up the hill. (by this time I'm wide awake, the brief burst of energy I was feeling from coffee and 5 Hour energy boost, is gone, instead my legs are on fire from the suicides! lol!)
09:30 - With a partner, Stick Drill suicides on each tier of our hill. The idea was to work on speed of our "redondos".
09:40 - More Stick Drills, this time, break the stick, working on power and speed, and yes this was done suicide style.
09:55 - Pause for Group Picture with broken sticks.
L to R Back Row: Josh, Bernard, Jeremy, Patrick, Jim
L to R Front Row: Wendel, Ed, Manong Rich, Glenda
10:00 - Back to work. Review of break-in/entries with stick.
10:20 - APRIL Fool's! thought we were done with suicides or with the stick...? Back to the hill. With your partner, practice entry immediately followed by abaniko and witik strikes. Do not hit your partner! Somewhere here I got grazed in the mouth by Jeremy for the 2nd time in as many days, the Saturday night before he grazed by his stick on the temple. No worries, no marks left. I like to think that I was skilled enough to have avoided catching the full blows because of my prowess, however it was more luck and my failure not to block these strikes! lol!
10:45 - Knife tapping drills and take downs with "Intent". As Manong Rich moves us forward he reminds us what we are really doing and learning, so during our knife tapping practice he wanted to see more intensity, and the partner with the knife show some intent so the defender has to contend with the threat more realistically. I think Mng. Rich just enjoyed watching us throw each other around. lol!
11:10 - Introduction of another knife drill template.
11:25 - Battle Royale! Based on the "honor" system and the warfare played out in the movie "Role Models", we had our own little Group warfare with padded sticks, Team A versus Team B - 3 Rounds. You know I can't even remember who won this round, but all I remember is the group I was in, we tried a circular/cover each other's back defense, as we were supposed to let the other team attack us. I guess this somewhat worked, but a key lesson taken from this, sometimes the best laid plans go out the window once the hit is on, or during battle fog and adrenaline rushes.
11:35 - Last battle - Manong Rich, Ed, and Bernard Vs. the rest of Us - me, Glenda, Jeremy, Wendel, and Patrick. Now this I remember. With every pass "The 3" made they took one of us down but in the end Manong Rich was the sole survivor of the 3 and had to deal with 2 remaining on our side. I do remember getting my blow into Manong Rich, however without me getting grazed in the face (again) from his padded stick just after I nicked him in the torso, by honor he wins, eventually the rest of my team finished off Manong Rich, but not without a valiant, and glorious padded death... It was a good death.
11:45 - April Fool's Day FCS Kali Cali San Diego Group Practice Done.
After thoughts: Another great Group Practice with my FCS Kali brothers and sister, and Manong Rich. I am thankful for the group I am with, it's a good group and because of the diversity of personalities and backgrounds it is a well made group. I know it's been a couple weeks since my last blog on our happenings here in San Diego, and while my fervor has not diminished,sometimes daily life and personal events get in the way of the Flow of things. This weekend I feel I am getting back on track and in this practice I believe there was a renewed energy as well in the Group, must be Spring arriving! What is ahead of us...? I see Level 2. Let's keep the Flow going San Diego... carry on,
Maraming Salamat Po,