Over the last couple of days I've taken time to reflect on the past week spent training in Belgium. It was a great opportunity for me to meet new people, train with people I've never trained with before and make new friends. In all honesty, it felt just like I was at home hiking and training with my students. Which in my perspective means the experience was a great success.
First I owe a big thank you to David Moreels and his family, especially his wife for her amazing home cooked foods and support. It is no easy task organizing an event like this. It takes a great deal of dedication, commitment and support.
David and his son Jamie are excellence proof that our Inner Triangle distance training methods work. This was the first time we've met in person and trained together and everyone who attended could see how well they performed in Kali. David Moreels is Kali Center's official Belgium Chapter leader and is now listed for training in Belgium under the "school" menu tab.
The entire reason I teach as my career is so I can always be training without resistance from anyone. Kali (or more accurately, the study of blade fighting) is my life. Kali is responsible for bringing my body and mind into deep places I believe nothing else could do for me.
Saturday, we went for a short morning hike to get the body moving and late morning we began the training camp. Naturally beginning with intensity and high performance immediately. It was a bit of a test to see where I can take our attendees and what kind of people I had to work with. Getting a feel for the environment. Right away I could sense we had a great group that was there to work hard and challenge each other. We worked material from the Kali Center Minor curriculum on the stick/bolo.
At night we had a great cook out dinner. There's something special about training hard all day in the intense sun and environment and then sharing meals together afterward. The bond that is created cannot be reproduced anywhere else or in any other way.
Sunday, We kicked off training early. Training close-quarter knife counter-offense all morning and progressing to some super fun multiple opponents training after lunch. Everybody got a little bruised up during the weekend but, that's just the nature of the beast. The important thing for me is I could see immediate improvements in everyones skill and performance.
The beautiful thing about how we train is talking about what you know really means nothing. It all comes down to performance in training and working with each other to enhance each others skill so that we can all grow as individuals and as a unit.
Monday, we took a nice trip out to the coast where David grew up. It was great to see and experience for of the country. Then in the afternoon we had another private semi-group training where we worked in some Espada Y Daga. During this time we got the chance to train in the Belgium rain which always brings more surprises to the fun.
This is why I advocate training outdoors. The environment is unpredictable and leaves you with a choice, either stop training and seek shelter or continue training and learn how to work with conditions that are not necessarily in your favor.
For a moment when I was working out with Jamie (David's Son) it felt like I was working out at home with one of my students. The existence of time a place in a way ceased and we were just training and nothing else in the world for me mattered at that moment. That is what I always seek to achieve, total immersion.
At this time I want to thank all those who took the time to attend and to trust me with that time. I know we all have other things we could do with our days so there is so much gratitude and appreciation I have for those who choose to spend those moments with me. I believe true value was met and expectations exceeded which is always my goal when teaching seminars and camps.
I want to thank each of our attendees for challenging me with their brilliant questions. I feel Kali Center has a second home in Europe and I'm already looking forward to seeing you all again and meeting more new friends in the future.
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Watch our Highlights Video from our Belgium Trip Here
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