Hi guys. Just got back from the get together, tired but pumped at the same time. I had a really great time, and everyone there was extremely cool. Some quick highlights:
*JohnL is an excellent teacher, and completely changed my impression of what people can do with Shotokan. He worked different concepts that were straight out of the Wing Chun stuff I was going to show, as well as some stuff similar to AKK. Really excellent.
*I feel really sorry for someone that draws a knife or gun on RangerG - he is relentless!!! Scary!!!
*Raul Perez - very knowledgeable, and not above getting dirty to prove it. He and I rolled a match at the end of class, and despite a very nice reversal (if I do say so myself
), and a collar choke attempt on my part, Raul almost got a better choke on me, and then tapped me with a nice arm bar when I attempted to stack him to break his choke. Props bro!!
*Gojuwarrior1 is a muscular, scary dude! His technique is very powerful.
*Schanne is a very knowledgeable guy, too. His skills with stand-up grappling and ground stuff was quite impressive. He showed a couple of really cool leg locks that I wished we had more time to work on!
Unfortunately, no stand up sparring for liability reasons, but at least we got a couple rounds of free-grappling. JohnL worked a top control drill with me that pretty much told me that my shrimping skills blow.
Now, I know the question that everyone is waiting to hear:Did MattJ break anyone's nose?
Sadly, the answer is no. I did give JohnL a pretty good fat lip during one of the grappling drills, however. So we can all feel good about that.
I have a group photo that my dinosuar dial-up will not let me upload. I will put them on as soon as I can, hopefully the other guys can put up some, too. RangerG took a bunch.
Now, if anyone needs me, I will be whimpering softly in the corner about how sore my wrist is!