I just returned to the U.S. after a two week visit to my homeland, Australia.
It’s been 6 and half years since my wife and I decided to move from Melbourne to the southern California and while we’ve been back several times since, it had been 2 years since we were last there, so we were eager to see family and friends.
The flight from LAX to Melbourne is around 15 hours or so, but this time we had a couple of hours in Sydney before heading to Melbourne, so the entire trip door to door was actually about 25 hours. We left Friday night and arrived Sunday lunchtime, with Saturday vanishing into thin air as we crossed the International Date Line.
The flight itself was fine and the vibration of the engines lulled our 7 month old daughter to sleep. She barely made a sound for the entire journey, so I guess we’re lucky, as friends tell me horror stories of their travels with their little ones.
In addition to teaching karate I’m also an instructor for the Pakamut system. It’s the original fighting art of the Philippines. You may have heard of it referred to as Arnis, Kali and Eskrima, which are the Spanish names for the Filipino system. You can read more about the Pakamut system here (https://www.pakamut.com/).
This is just one simple choke in the system in which the stick braces the back of the neck while the forearms form the triangle choke. Very painful and very effective when done correctly.
Think the armor absorbs all the pain? Think again. But for those who think armor is for the weak, sometimes we just spar with head and hand protection – no body armor at all. If you watched shows like “The Human Weapon” or “Fight Quest”, and caught the stick fighting episodes let me tell you those bruises are real. And they hurt like hell.