Monday, September 12, 2011

Congrats Master Melegrito!

Personal things don't usually belong here, but this is a bit special. I am also still sore after this weekend.

Once a year, me and Ama have the opportunity to go with our instructor, 4th Dan Tae Kwon Do Master Josh Geeson, to train in self defense against stick and knife with Master Julius Melegrito, event organized in Charlotte, NC by Master Evins.

The seminar was a real treat as expected. Master Melegrito's speed and technique are amazing. After drills with two sticks, we got to one stick, repeating the same techniques. After the shoulders started burning we dropped the stick altogether and went mano-mano, repeating again, the same techniques only to realize how similar they are to Hapkido and Tae Kwon Do. Too bad this year we ran out of time and didn't get to practice defense against knife attacks. I am not complaining much though because last year my partner was Master Robert Shin who's not very forgiving and the hardwood floor was, well, hard.


Yes, Ama, you are the best!

What makes this year's event special is that Guro Melegrito is now a Black Belt Magazine 2011 Hall of Famer, the Weapons Instructor of the Year. Congrats Master Melegrito, many thanks for visiting and see you again next year!

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