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Journey to Filipino Stick-Fighting

Posted on 2010.04.27 at 11:20
Current Location: 75409
Current Music: Goldsmith - Stargate Atlantis
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I played a lot of Age of Empires III: Asian Dynasties this weekend. And by a lot I mean about 36-hours. Of course it would be just as foolish to play a complex RTS as it would a mind-numbing FPS for that long...which is why we swapped between the two every-other-game. We played UT2004 as our FPS and one of my favorite maps there is "Morpheus 3."
Advantage comes in different forms. For example, my son and his friends are rapid-fire quick on the trigger and can usually zerg-rush me to a quick and effective death. But what they have in youthful reflexes, I have in patience. There's nothing quite like sitting atop a distant perch with a sniper rifle and taking out my kids one-at-a-time, ninety times a game as they balk in frustrated hysteria.

It makes me giggle.
Then last night, atop 36-hours of destruction, one gigantic-ego-filled dream; but I think I know where it came from:
I dreamed last night that the Air Force Base on which I was living had been overrun by an evil overlord and it was up to me sort things out. I tried to organize everyone best I could into a focused attack, but those individuals in positions above me, and those under me were either too lazy, disinterested, scared, or couldn't find their gear. What a disappointing group of people.

So I did it myself.

I put on my old Battle-Dress Uniform and marveled over my embroidered name tag, "HOWTON" it read. I buckled my ALICE load-bearing [belt, individual equipment], and attached my K-BAR knife which was nestled in its hard plastic, nearly chartreuse sheath, and my sword. I didn't need a firearm. I shrugged on my Military Issue Woodland camouflage Gore-Tex coat to hide my armaments.

I'd managed to drive the fighting away from the outlying areas and the evil overlord and his minions were consolidated at the headquarters building, so that's where I went next. As I was walking down the tree-lined asphalt path a flight of the General's personal guard blocked the way - too scared to go after the overload but not wanting to abandon their post. With weapons raised they challenged me for identification.

I unzipped my Gore-Tex revealing my sidearm and they lowered their weapons and let me pass.
As a geek, I'm introduced to many things via Sci-Fi (the genre, not the channel, though the two aren't always mutually exclusive). One of these things was Filipino stick-fighting. Stargate: Atlantis' indigenous Pegasus-galaxy resident Tayla Emmagan was an accomplished stick-fighter which was based off Eskrima - a weapons-based martial arts originating from the Philippines.

Guess who else has been to the Philippines lately? My taekwondo instructor.

And he's preparing to offer a Filipino Arnis Combat Program.

I know I'm not ready for that, but its something I want to do.

Because of Tayla.

And its effectiveness against Wraith culling.

And I'm a geek.


Comments:


This Is Me, Ten Sticks
lehah at 2010-04-27 16:57 (UTC) (Link)
I just started doing eskrima about three weeks ago. Its pretty intense stuff but its all very, very basic. Well, at least its basic in that its simple but not easy. Or something.
This Is Me, Ten Sticks
lehah at 2010-04-27 16:59 (UTC) (Link)
PS: I love UT 2004 so hard. UTIII has its moments and its a very, very pretty engine, but its frustration level is so high its missing something.
ehowton
ehowton at 2010-04-27 21:10 (UTC) (Link)
(Providing my kids computers can run it) is the frustration in single-player or multi-player? Because we don't run through the missions, we just LAN play.
This Is Me, Ten Sticks
lehah at 2010-04-28 03:38 (UTC) (Link)
(Providing my kids computers can run it) is the frustration in single-player or multi-player? Because we don't run through the missions, we just LAN play.

Its really game mechanics. They added a bunch of neat things to it and tried to build up on it in the way that UT 2003 did with the original UT - but its too much and kind of hurts the overall feel. Things that should be amazing like CTF have SO MUCH GOING ON with SO MANY TYPES OF CRAFT it becomes seriously frustrating.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVPSdDrQox4

No shit? That's pretty crazy. Was yours also brought on by the desire to not be culled by the Wraith?

Nope. This was - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rjtkqs3WLM

Intense as in physically demanding? Because I'm sore all week from taekwondo. I can't imagine adding to that just yet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6QTKU2egGc

Put that at 1/4 speed. Thats where I am right now really.
ehowton
ehowton at 2010-04-28 14:05 (UTC) (Link)
That Basic Flow Sparring is awesome! Even at 1/4 speed - awfully cool. Thanks for that.
ehowton
ehowton at 2010-04-27 21:08 (UTC) (Link)
I just started doing eskrima about three weeks ago.
No shit? That's pretty crazy. Was yours also brought on by the desire to not be culled by the Wraith?

Its pretty intense stuff....
Intense as in physically demanding? Because I'm sore all week from taekwondo. I can't imagine adding to that just yet.

Well, at least its basic in that its simple but not easy.
So I'm beginning to understand. Whatever that means. Its the second time on this post that was mentioned. Now I'm *really* confused.
Samantha
thesweetestnote at 2010-04-27 17:19 (UTC) (Link)

Targeted for Shermanation

And I'm a geek

ehowton
ehowton at 2010-04-27 21:12 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Targeted for Shermanation

He wins the geek contest.
(Anonymous) at 2010-04-28 00:14 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Targeted for Shermanation

And gets to bed Nadia o_O
Samantha
thesweetestnote at 2010-04-28 00:16 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Targeted for Shermanation

Forgot to sign in when I commented LOL
Jamie
anakngtinapa at 2010-04-27 18:44 (UTC) (Link)
I saw Filipino and was like.. what?!

Arnis! Yes, it's called arnis here. I studied arnis for a semester. It's really cool. Makes me feel I'm all strong and can defeat anyone. Of course after the course, I forgot all about it.

And you can do it! It's actually easy to learn. I mean, even I managed to learn some basic moves, me with zero hand-eye-foot coordination. It kinda looks scary when they do it really fast. But it's surprisingly simple. It's not easy. But very simple. :)
ehowton
ehowton at 2010-04-27 21:35 (UTC) (Link)
I studied arnis for a semester.
That is so cool. You're like...Tayla or something.

But it's surprisingly simple. It's not easy. But very simple. :)
I'm getting a lot of that lately :/ It does seem to be the crux of things!
Jamie
anakngtinapa at 2010-04-28 02:06 (UTC) (Link)
Well, yea, for a semester. I chose arnis as one of my required PE classes. Only once a week, so it's still very basic. But I did enjoy it. :D
Quicksilvermad
quicksilvermad at 2010-04-27 22:01 (UTC) (Link)
THAT IS AN AWESOME DREAM.

I keep a pair of Filipino sticks in my car. Just in case I have to walk from point A to point B in a bad area.

That and a lacrosse stick.

And a bat.

It all depends on where I am and how "un-safe" I feel. Thanks, D.C.

The baseball bat is for my own neighborhood, so that's not saying much for Woodbridge. Actually, it's saying: Woodbridge is worse than D.C. in some areas. Like where I live. Whatever.

Point is, my mom wants me to carry a thing of Sabre pepper spray whenever I go on bike rides. I live in a crappy area.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2010-04-27 22:28 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, in Texas we have a cure for bad neighborhoods. We don't need baseball bats, pepper spray or anything like that. It's called a Concealed Handgun License.
Quicksilvermad
quicksilvermad at 2010-04-28 02:19 (UTC) (Link)
DC Metro Virginia SUCKS.
ehowton
ehowton at 2010-04-28 14:07 (UTC) (Link)
THAT IS AN AWESOME DREAM.

If I had to make an educated guess, "Kill Bill" would've been playing in the background.
Quicksilvermad
quicksilvermad at 2010-04-28 21:04 (UTC) (Link)
Fuck yeah!
kat_rowe
kat_rowe at 2010-04-27 22:11 (UTC) (Link)
oh, very cool :) I did bojutsu for awhile and always hoped I'd be able to learn other forms of stick-fighting (didn't pan out, alas, but I still find stick-fighting crazy cool and nearly wet myself squeeing the first time I saw Tayla do her thing)

have fun! :)
ehowton
ehowton at 2010-04-28 14:11 (UTC) (Link)
That's really cool - during Saturday's taekwondo test, I got to see the purple-belts run through their staff forms - it was awesome.
kat_rowe
kat_rowe at 2010-05-02 22:38 (UTC) (Link)
Sounds awesome :) stick-fighting is fun and exciting both to participate in and to watch
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2010-04-27 22:32 (UTC) (Link)
I don't it's pretty geeky but you've written some incredibly geeky ones in the past.
ehowton
ehowton at 2010-04-28 14:11 (UTC) (Link)
What can I say?
wardlejew
wardlejew at 2010-04-28 15:29 (UTC) (Link)
This isn't even in the realm of a geek level post. Not a single line of unix commands!

Now, most Street Fighter, gaming, nerd post... =)
ehowton
ehowton at 2010-04-28 15:36 (UTC) (Link)
As I explained to someone on our local city forum, The Wraith aren't real. They don't cull people. And they certainly don't do so in the Pegasus Galaxy. None of us believes that the Stargate really exists. We don't *actually* travel to other solar systems - so to engage in a real, down-to-earth martial art because of a fictional television show, I found that awfully geeky.

But I admit it may just be me :P
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2010-04-29 02:26 (UTC) (Link)
Do you have proof that there is not a Stargate under Cheyenne Mountain??? How do you know we really don't travel to other solar systems or galaxies???
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