Battle of the Nations 2013 Spain Video, Self-reliance and more.
A Facebook friend posted this video and it started all sorts of thought. I thought I would put a few down. When some people look at the medieval markets and other get-togethers like Battle of The Nations they think … those are immature people and all sorts of strange thoughts. Others think that could be cool, fun and intriguing to try. It could be the inner child would love to run around in period clothing, some might feel the attraction of battle, and yet others might be attracted to the comradery that exist when people are doing what ever social events there are during the get-together/market/gathering.
When I used to fight in tournaments, I loved the parties and catching up with like minded people. The fights were merely a reason to get together and forget the everyday “hum drum” many of us live. The people who fought the hardest with each other during the day were often the people sitting in the corner drinking and laughing together. Later on, when I stopped fighting in tournament, it was great to see students doing well in the fights and go through a transformation. They sat together with some of the days opponents and other friends. They would walk taller the night after the fights. They were more relaxed because they got something out of their system, learned that they could stand up for themselves and thereby confirm something that modern life doesn’t let us confirm.
I have written post about independence and freedom with responsibility. We should all feel responsible for ourselves. Testing ourselves in tournaments, things like the Battle of the Nations, and meet up like the Dog Brother Gathering and Biting Rattan confirm that we are capable of relying on ourselves in extreme situations.
Team building does the same for groups and individuals. The self-defense for women MA and I did when PT Courses/Stonewall-Shield was still active had the same effect on the women. They walked taller and were more sure of themselves because they tested themselves and came out of the tunnel knowing they could do something if a self-defense situation came to pass. I still remember the face of a women, who had gone through a violent relationship, who talked proudly about the way she could walk down the street again. I will never forget that!
I felt this the first time I had an intense sword training session. I came out of it alive from the adrenaline and the fact that I could do it. Normal Escrima training was easy the next time I was in a class. We do this a little when we train Latosa Concepts Escrima on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays. We take little steps toward this feeling of self-reliance that everyday social norms deny us. When we put the helmets on and attack more intensely, we start to let that hidden part of us out and we learn to trust in ourselves because we have to.
Yet another aspect; we learn to channel buried feelings through the more intense training sessions and tournaments so our every day “social norm life” doesn’t bother us as much.
All this is basically a long-winded way of saying that all those people who are sceptical of all the others who immerse themselves in gatherings like tournaments, medieval market, and Battle of the Nations might be the people who need to try it the most.
As a side note….One of the members of our Copenhagen LC Escrima group/family has a cabin in Finland. We all may just have to pack our bags and fly to the backwoods of Finland to let the inner warriors out to play. As soon as we have the numbers, we’ll have to talk about leaving modern trappings and pressures behind us. Who doesn’t need that from time to time. Men are just BIG BOYS WITH TOYS.
Here are some links to blog posts about self-reliance.
That’s it for now, I’m tired of writing. Old farts have to do 100 squats with 16 kilo’s in one hand because our collar bones get injured, thus making us one-handed in reality.
Enjoy the video.
Stay Proactive in Life and training … and Stay Self-reliant!
For some reason the video was taken down after a while, you can see more here. I’ll leave the video link below for a while in hope that they reactivate it. It shows the setting up of one of the meet-up and the social aspects as well as some of the fights. Sorry about that guys. It’s out of my hands.