Good to see the activity on the forum, my friends.
I had an incredible time on the island, and a significant epiphany. I loaded on a 6 foot wave kayak surfing when a rookie surfer dropped in on my wave headed in the opposite direction - right for me, and slightly above. Six feet may not sound like much but imagine two fiberglass missles traveling towards each other at 15-20MPH each - the collision equates to hitting a wall running 30-40MPH. Nice.
He lost paddle control - actually lost even his grip on his paddle since he inadvertantly got scooped up on the lip of the wave. Careening down towards me, I couldn't pull out without capsizing. I could see the fright across his face.
As the bow of his kayak approached the center of mine, I could see he was going to strafe right over top of me, impacting about 30 degrees off my bow.
What happened next truly startled me, gang. As the bow plunged over my deck, I rolled my shoulder backwards away from its impact. Simultaneously, the other surfer 'found' his paddle lifting it out of the water... in a direct course for my melon. My shoulder already removed, and my tilt already leaning precariously over the right of my kayak, the same arm did a perfect outside Method 2.
His kayak sailed by my without so much as even a scrape against my hull. I could hear the exclamations from the beach they were so pronounced. But no one could be as astounded as me (okay, maybe the other surfer who expected to steam roll me.)
No human fight I have been in was as potentially dangerous as being rammed by a fiberglass missle at that velocity (especially in 6-7 foot East Coast swells).
I realize now that my response time has improved despite that I have been concentrating solely upon CST. Granted CST is the ONLY physical preparedness system ever specifically created to foster combat specific strength and conditioning. However, I hadn't expected such pronounced improvement independent of physical skill practice.
Perhaps this will sound odd, but it inspired me to actively return to the martial art community to share my discoveries... through combat skill.
On the weekend of my birthday, OCT11, I shall conduct a martial art performance enhancement seminar. It will be the first of its kind ever, including an integrated exploration of all of the martial materials I've composed over the years: Shock-Ability, IOUF, Leg Fencing, Fisticuffs, Plural Assailant Engagements, Arthokinetics, Flow-Fighting, Bayonet / Blade Biomechanics, Flow-State Performance Spiral as well as materials I have not published such as Shadow and Touch Response Defense.
I shall preselect several candidates who represent various systems, or who hold key positions to provide vocal exposure of the event. Application will include a non-refundable fee - not all applicants will be accepted. A significant degree of 'hard-work' experience will be required - whether combat sport (grappling, kickboxing, NHB/MMA), military CQC, executive protection, hostile subject control, or civilian self-defense. Additionally, at least 2 years of daily Warrior Wellness will be required; plus working knowledge of Body-Flow, Prime Your Bioenergy and all of the combat materials I've released.
I intend to keep the numbers of this first event to less than 20... though I know that there will be a rush to fill these slots considering how often and many people request events martial related from me.
We embark upon an exciting new horizon for this endeavor will be mutually reinforcing with CST. I shall within the presentation of the material demonstrate and explain the 'big picture' which I have detailed in my martial art pedagogy: the Three Dimensional Physical Preparedness manual. This event will obviously comprise both the practice and the 'competition' (facing resistant opponents - within the context of incremental progression AND increasing sophistication.) NO ONE will be prepared for the level of eye-opening development they will receive from the experience... because frankly, martial art exists in the Dark Ages in modern times, enslaved to the proliferation of K.I.S.S. education - an instructional approach meant only for mass introduction to beginner level skills, and who have only a limited time to acquire skills.
I've heard it many times, "I've been practicing martial art for 20 years," when in reality they've only been practicing the first two years ten times over. My event will be however... for sophisticating beyond that introductory level. And the only way to do this is to immerse them in a systematic approach of resistant DRILLS. Their skills will only refine if the 'environment' continues to challenge them. This is what I intend to do... to provide an stable environment in which dynamic quality can flourish. Those of you who practice my materials understand what I mean de facto.
Names. People always crave names. Firstly this will NOT be a 'new' style of martial art. This will not displace your current style of martial art. In fact, this event will help you make the style of martial art you practice YOUR style.
So as to not cause any confusion, this event and its material is MY creation, not a reproduction of any of my prior education in various martial art forms. It will not be "Russian Martial Art"... though I draw heavily from my array of experiences in Russia in all fields: martial art, combat sport, coaching and academic study. So, this will be Coach Sonnon's Softwork: Proprioceptive Martial Art Enhancement.
This excites me greatly, if you cannot already tell from this text.
Registration is now open.
I look forward to seeing you all soon, my friends.