A 12 Hour Class

It’s been another exciting week… it’s been a particularly exciting day, as we had our 12 hour class today. Instead of taking what could be considered a well-deserved rest at this point- here I am fulfilling my weekly blog post obligation to my awesome martial art group blog…

At this point it’s hard to even remember what we did all day. I was worried about cooking this morning. This was my 2nd meeting that I have been on the cooking crew (I’ll have the next 2 “off” as working instead). Normally we are assigned ahead of time a country which we learn about including cooking a dinner in the style of that country. Since we hadn’t gotten an assignment I wasn’t really thinking about cooking at all until three days ago when I learned we could pick any country with legitimate martial arts, which didn’t give us a lot of time to plan and try out recipes, which I like to do. However when I get an assignment for my martial art group there is no choice but to follow it- and fortunately (?) I’m used to doing things last minute. Mr. Worden and I cooked a meal Filipino style, including soup and noodles with veggies. Master Pearson surprised us with a delicious dessert, and we learned that he had been thinking of assigning us the Phillipines, a very nice coincidence.

Pancit is the Filipino word for noodles. This isn’t a picture of our dinner but it looks a lot like it!

Filipino martial arts are dear to our hearts- I have practiced Eskrima Kali with Master Pearson in addition to Tae Kwon Do. Kali practitioners often practice with sticks, of different lengths (including some that are very long and some that are extremely heavy). However, the principles that are learned can be applied to open handed techniques as well as most objects- I have heard that Master Gallano, Master Pearson’s Kali instructor, demonstrated this point using a chair as a weapon. “Anything can be a weapon-” Master Gallano. Master Gallano has also been mentioned in previous posts-


Master Shaffer’s post includes a picture of Master Gallano teaching Master Pearson knife defense.


Master Pearson’s post contains a quote from Master Gallano- “He is dead already-” a testament to the efficacy of Master Gallano and his art.

Earlier today we added hand techniques to make practical the footwork that we learned as homework


This is the previous post in which we learned of our homework- the first 6 stepping techniques are explained well in Master Pearson’s post. Today as hoped we were able to put these steps in to practice, turning them in to joint locking, take-downing techniques. We also had a session in which we were able to present Master Pearson with an attack and have him teach us one (or several) practical defenses to that technique (thanks to Master Shaffer for being the demonstrated upon). That is the kind of opportunity we don’t have every day, or even every monthly meeting. I have definitely learned a lot! So much I am having trouble remembering what I learned enough to write it all down.

While I definitely had an amazing time learning today, what we were working on is going to have to last a long time, since we will not have a chance to get together again until August. There is a lot going on in the summer for the members of Hagsaeng Naebu. Mr. Worden will be heading to college, Master Shaffer will be moving, Master Pearson spending a lot of time out of the country and Mr. Walsh is planning to teach more Taekwondo in the Rochester area. I will be able to spend some time with my children, and work some of the rest of the time- also I will be able to work on my martial art practice at home. We did some work on basics, which showed me some things I can work on even in roundhouse kick, side kick, etc.- I know there is always more to learn, it’s always good to know what some things are that I can be working on. I will also be able to work on getting the “word out” about the classes I’m teaching in Ithaca, which have been providing me with some really good teaching experience and the chance to practice something I love to do with some of my friends in my home town. My students and I will be missing Master Shaffer once she moves to her new town. She is so good at teaching, and has been so helpful to me in my teaching and training, even letting me watch my martial art movie at her house… She has always had an inexhaustible well of energy and puts it to good use, as those of you who have been around her know well.

Thank you Master Shaffer! I am glad you have been in my vicinity and I hope all is extra awesome for you in your new surroundings!

Next week we’ll be going in to new details about the tort-er-um training devices we’ve been using at our meetings. Thanks to you all, and good night~

Noodle image found at s4.hubimg.com/u/2116691_f520.jpg


  1. Miss Doll,
    I miss you and Master Shaffer. I am as always amazed at your skill. Where do you go for directions for your meals?

  2. Hi Rose,
    Sorry I have taken so long to reply. I miss you and now I miss Master Shaffer too! I was lucky to have her nearby for a while. It is nice to have your comments. As for directions for meals- I’ve been liking the cookbooks from the Ithaca library. They have a fairly extensive cookbook collection. I prefer to use books but if I can’t find an appropriate recipe book I also search online. The pancit recipe came from a book called Fine Filipino Food.

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