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I just returned from Cuong Nhu Oriental Martial Arts's International Annual Training Camp in Raleigh, NC. On Friday I taught a two hour class on staff fighting. I also fought 24 one-minute rounds with padded staves against 13 different opponents. Afterwards, I reviewed the videos of my fights with my teacher, Master Bao Ngo. We talked about some small changes to my footwork and some new drills he wants me to start working on, but, to my great relief, he was very pleased with my progress since our last training session. I am excited to redouble my efforts gearing up to the World Championships in Hungary at the end of July!
I just finished up an incredible weekend of training with my Teacher, Master Bao Ngo from Tennessee, who took four days of time away from his family and traveled all the way to Philly just to help me get ready for the World Staff Championships in July. On Thursday we worked on knife fighting, then we dedicated Friday and Saturday to training the staff.
It was a very enlightening experience, yet incredibly humbling as well. We literally tore down my existing staff game and rebuilt it from scratch upon a much stronger foundation. It is a challenge sometimes to break old habits and rewrite over old programming, but in the end the results are well worth the effort. Physically my whole body aches, but I am used to the pain. In fact, I kind of like it, it let's me know I trained my hardest. I kept an open mind, and now it is in that familiar state of disequilibrium, buzzing with new information and new ideas. It will still take me several weeks to fully implement everything we worked on, but once I have properly ingrained the new drills and fully assimilated the upgraded strategies, my game is going up a notch. LEVEL UP!