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posted Sep 3, 2011, 4:56 PM by Eric Banks

"Come to the edge, he said.  They said:  We are afraid.  Come to the edge, he said.  They came.  He pushed them, and they flew...”

-Guillaume Apollinaire



Last night, we had our final classes of 2010.  We began working on a new visual / internal concept whereby, I hope, one can tie the leg(s) more effectively to the sacrum and tailbone, and then we had what I felt to be a very fruitful question and answer session.  We’ve done A LOT this year, we’ve kicked, punched, flowed and thrown, and by the questions that were asked last night, I see that we’ve learned, for when a student asks the “right” questions, it provides a huge clue as to what’s going in their minds, in their training, and in their growth and understanding of the material I seek to transmit.


Not only have we grown in our physical martial skills and intellect, but we’ve grown in number as well.  While gobs of students is by no means my ultimate goal in teaching, there is a sweet-spot number that I hope to hit and oscillate around, and I am pleased to say we are getting closer to reaching and maintaining this objective.


So, as the year ends and we look back over the flurry of fast-moving months, I think we can agree it’s been a good year; we’ve explored a lot, learned so much, and we have much to be thankful for and, by the Grace, much to look forward to in the coming year.  Get ready for more weird, er, uh, interesting and challenging “edge” concepts, sweet seminars and training trips, and personal growth and advancing martial skillz (yes, that’s spelled right) in 2011.


Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you all.