Thursday, July 20, 2006

Eskabo Da'an

What ought one to say then as each hardship comes? I was practicing for this, I was training for this.
Epictetus (55-135 AD) Greek Philosopher
For about 20 years now (...or more) I have been thinking about and wanting to learn a martial art. Last night I went to my first class...and I think I am in love.
I just kept thinking about it and never doing anything about it. Know what I mean? Do you ever do that?
Last weekend I went to a workshop--on a different topic. We met at the dojo of one of the attendees who just happens to be Master Michael Morrell, a student of Grand Master Robert Castro, originator of Eskabo Da'an. Coincidence? I think not.
I think the Universe kicked me into movement. I am grateful. Michael is a great guy and I enjoyed being with him and talking with him. He exudes the kind of centeredness I wanted in a teacher. No big ego. Nothing to prove. That's what I wanted. I wasn't attached to what form to study. In fact, I couldn't even decide on one, so I asked Michael about classes. He invited me to come and see. I did. I participated. I had fun. I am going back.
I did a little research on Eskabo Da'an today. It is a Filipino Stick Fighting form that starts with a counter. My first move is always to block someone else's attack. Yes. That is what I want.
Lesson number one:
Get out of the way.
Get out of the way.
Get out of the way.
And it isn't just about fighting a human opponent. It is about any hardship, as Epictetus would say.
Where are you needing to get out of the way?
Where are you needing to get out of your own way?
Let me know...the lines are open.
Wanda Tucker, Coach

1 comment:

sar_girl said...

Good for you! I think you should expand your horizon whenever possible. Keep us posted!