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Friday, August 24, 2007

Rest In Peace Sifu

I will carry the knowledge you shared with me and give it to others.
Thank you so very much Sifu.

Larry Benjamin Hartsell
August 15, 1942 - August 20, 2007

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Masukan Dagu?

The weekend of August 3-5 I hosted Guru Sean Stark for the Pencak Silat Pertempuran Keluarga. This was the fourth year for the gathering and the first here in Des Moines.
The first day was spent looking closely at levels one through seven in the system.
To warm up on the dewy grass, Guru Stark introduced us to Power Ales-ales. By applying an exaggerated slowed version of the evasions and continuously flowing through the movements, one gets a great stretch and focused breathing, not unlike some of the more fluid versions of yoga. This is in line with something Guru Stark has been incorporating and I experienced at the first Keluarga I attended in Kansas City two years ago.
We then worked a drill starting with sliwa and going through a set of positions leading to the ground and back. We then looked the applications of those movements.
We then started to run through the PSP curriculum from the top. This was great because no matter where you are in the curriculum you can really look at the movements and refine them.

I am learning the level three material at the moment so it was good for me to look at that as well as review what I have under my belt and to look forward to the next few levels as a subliminal planting.

I will not rehash the entire day, but it was by far the longest day of nearly continuous working out that I have ever experienced. It was awesome.
A few of us met up for dinner and the staff fed us and brought us beverages past closing.
Rain met us in the morning so we worked on garak with Pelatih Bill Dwyer who it was a pleasure to finally meet. He is a great guy and presented the material very well.
Then we started going through the juru-jurus for each of the levels with Monyet aspects added for the benefit of Bill and those who wanted to try them out. We looked at the juru-jurus as a complete form and then looked at buah and pechuhan. I am an echo here when I say that this was good for anyone (myself included) to really look at the movements, how they flow together and what you can do with them. Even though I am focusing on jurus-jurus tiga and empat, it was great to get a feel for other jurus-jurus coming up in the near future as well as fix a couple of minor issues from satu and dua. Another long day from roughly 8:30 to 7:30 and we were all pretty sore and upset that the local junkies had broken into one of the cars and made off with cash and various items. sorry christine!
Dinner was a good time with lots of great stories (which is how the title of this entry came to be).

Day three began by looking at a couple of jurus-jurus with weapons such as golok or stick and how the jurus-jurus alter to fit the tool without deviating too far from the base movements. Surprisingly the energy level was still pretty high considering everything we had done thus far, but the humidity was pretty high and that slowed us done a bit. There was definitely some seminar fatigue happening.

After lunch we worked on some breathing aspects and explosive entries as well as using the ikat (bandana). That essentially round out the day and we broke sometime around 6:30 or so.
All in all I think we were training for about 30 hours or more. I am looking forward to the next time we can all get together and am hopeful that more people will join us. This event has proven to better each year and I am excited to see how it evolves.

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