The NorthWest McThrowdown
Well, for starters, not a lot of throwing down went on ... it was a very casual, laid-back thing.
Attending from Bullshido:
Several friends/co-workers of Yiliquan
(He'll have to provide identifying details, I'm terrible with names.)
It was held in a Korean MA school, that taught among other things Haidong Gumdo. It also had lots of windows and scary signs (like the "Karate Bucks" notices). There was a wall poster of nunchuck moves, with the illustrated figure looking exactly like Bruce Lee in "Game of Death" (it's the jump-suit).
I got there about 11:30ish AM (Maybe a bit earlier). Dibble arrived later (and she was coming from much mich closer! Shame on her!)
J-kid is a perfectly nice, very young boy. Stop giving him such a hard time. You can yell "Double Leg Takedown!" at him, if you like, though.
Yiliquan1 (abbreviated to Yi from now on) is a big guy, very stong, and very skilled. He let me do some full strength limb destructions on him, then did one pretty hard one on me that showed me what the point of those things are.
He also tried to put me on the spot with talking about my art, but I'm unfortunately both shy about it and fairly certain I don't really know anything yet. So I equivocated and passed the buck.
The most memerable thing in my mind was when the three young army guys showed up at the door "to check out the martial arts here" and we had to explain that none of us did any of the arts taught in the school. "There's about seven different arts represented here, right now, but none of them are what goes on here normally. Sorry."
Various people split off and did different things. I worked weapons with J-kid for a little bit; we exchanged energy drills; Dibble and I discussed/worked the different kinds/levels/patterns of sumbrada. The women carries lots of neat weapons around with her. I find this cool. There was a little bit of groundwork, and a lot of talking and comparing notes and training strategies, which I actually quite enjoyed.
Then we went to Denny's, and I discovered that American Buffalo Strips taste much better than the **** they try to feed us up here.
While not much fighting went on, I was very happy to have gone, and met people, and had a different perspective on both my arts and some of the traditional arts represented.
We talked about doing it again in the new year, since there is apparently a very good Kali guy in Bellingham. I think that's a good idea.
J-Kid, Yi, Dibble anything to add?