Flavor Of The Day

Posted by dwallace on February 21, 2010 in 31 flavors, Douglas Thomas Wallace, Kali Silat |

Yesterday I started taking Kali-Silat classes. My wife got me six lessons for my Valentine’s Day present. Yes, we’ve been married a while, but it was exactly what I had asked for.

Kali is a Filipino martial art. It is mainly known for its stick fighting; but we didn’t even get around to that yesterday. First we had to, “build a house,” roof—walls—floor—door—all blocks. Basics first, Daniel-san.

The quick history of Kali, as explained to me by my instructor: back in the day, the men would go off to hunt in the mountains and leave the women behind. The men would give the women a knife or stick to fight off animals if need be. The techniques evolved over the centuries to be used against humans, mainly against the Spaniards and Japanese. These techniques were passed down from generation to generation.

So why the Flavor Of The Day? I love to take classes. I wait for the community college continuing education catalog like a twelve-year-old boy waits for the Victoria’s Secret catalog. Guitar lessons, writing classes and martial arts, anything that grabs my attention for the day, I want to try.

So today my interest is Kali-Silat, tomorrow it could be something else, in a week who knows what? You can always pop in and check out what else is going on, after a month you should have about 31 flavors.

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