Posted On:12/04/2009 8:35pm
Style: novice in PTK
I'm going to the the Dog Brothers open gathering this spring. By that time I'll be about year into my PTK training, so of course I'm gonna get a good beating. I need some advice though regarding how and what to train to keep from embarasssing myself. Any advice would be appreciated.
Posted On:12/04/2009 9:59pm
Style: Pekiti, ARMA, other stuff
Work on power. A lot.
Get some flight time in dealing with someone taking you down and hitting you with sticks.
Posted On:12/04/2009 10:26pm
Word. Have you ever gone to one of these things? My theory behind this cross-country trip for a beatdown is that I am bound to learn by quantum steps. Is that a fair assumption?
Posted On:12/05/2009 6:43pm
A few people from the austin crew have, and I've fought some people who have. There's a Houston gathering thingie too, which I will attend or die trying.
ARMA sparring is a similar ruleset though, so I have multiple sources to draw from.
Posted On:12/05/2009 6:54pm
Style: DBMA, FMA, BJJ noob
Selfcritical hit the nail on the head as far as advice goes. As far as if or what you'll learn from the experience I think its an individual thing. I know I learned a lot my second gathering...the first being just a blur.
Posted On:12/06/2009 2:08pm
What is the overall vibe like at one of these? Do I have to have my own fencing mask and so on? Do you just walk up to people and ask them to dance? Sorry for the flurry of questions, I'm just completely new to this.
Posted On:12/06/2009 2:23pm
The overall vibe is relaxed with an underbelly of tension that seems to ease as the day progresses. You need to bring your own equipment (i.e. fencing mask, hockey gloves, stick, etc.) . As far as setting up fights you just walk up to people and ask. Nothing wrong with asking questions.
Posted On:12/06/2009 2:57pm
Great. How did you prepare for this? How long had you been training before you went to your first Gathering.
Posted On:12/06/2009 3:35pm
I didn't really prepare, I just showed up. I had been training for about a year and a half when I went to my first gathering, but you couldn't have told since none of my training came out in my fights.
Posted On:12/06/2009 4:04pm
Did you do any daga while you were there?
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