First Weapon ( Arnis )

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          Alas! My very first weapon in learning Arnis, a Filipino Martial Arts. I was so excited I had to contained myself. hehe! Mind you people because looks can be deceiving as this sticks are not just made of wood that you can do whatever you want. Under estimating is definitely not a good idea. As Master Cris always remind us that we have to love the sticks so it will love us in return. It will teach you a thing or two in order to remind you of its purpose. I am not quite sure if I understood that except after my third session. I started having blood clot in my left palm and I even had a cut I don’t really know how you call it but imagine the friction caused by the sticks to your hands that the epidermis of your skin started to tear open and feels like a paper cut? yup! that is it. That’s not all, I get to be beaten by my own Rattan sticks in my head (several times). I had one recently that it was so hard it seemed I saw the, “twinkle twinkle little stars!” it hit the right part of my head while I was practicing one move as part of our usual warm-up. I didn’t know if it was a sign that “I am doing it wrong” or it was like a “tap on my back” for a job well done. Either way the strike was intense that it made me stop for a few seconds but not to worry those are the price I have to take. Now, I understand what Master Cris was referring to- “you are the Arnis and managing the rattan sticks is entirely up to you.”
         Going back to my point, this are no ordinary rattan sticks. I sleep beside it, I always look for it upon waking up, I hold it every now and then and I imagine the moves that I have just learned from my last session. It’s seems gradually becoming part of a person, “2 become one” according to the song of the Spice Girls (girly huh?”). But Master Cris never failed to tell us that there are people get to be consumed by it in a negative way. It’s a martial arts after all so it can really be deadly!! So if a person use it as opposed to what is intended it might lead to the wrong path. Say, when you have become so good there is a tendency that you will be aggressive towards other people and always wanted to look for trouble since you know how to defend yourself, tsk! tsk! very shallow and dangerous. Hence, you should learn first by heart, treated with utmost respect, take your time to enjoy whilst extracting its essence and, don’t ever let your ego control your mind and body. That is what we are always have been reminded of by our master.
           In our training, I easily get to laugh even with a small crack of jokes but this is also not good. In training time you have to be in the zone. Meaning, practice the moves as if you are defending yourself in an actual danger. Release your deadly side. . . boom! boom! pow!! . . .  However, once you are done and you are back to the reality-step back, inhale exhale, fire-hydrant your killer side- and compose yourself as you face the usual course of life. it doesn’t get hurt to be at your most humble self, does it. 🙂

 

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