Good morning everybody, I hope you are doing well.
The redneck in me came out this morning while drinking my coffee. I watched a video with a man that talks correctly.
When I was a kid , we made our club houses from old rusty bent nails, bricks for hammers and old scraps of wood that we found. That is most likely one of the things that started to develop a great respect for making hand crafted objects in me. The father in me hopes to instill that respect in my son.
I have a theory that a version of that respect is found in many escrimadors. It starts with the feeling for a good stick. As we start to train with training blades and swords we continue to develop more respect for balance and other facets of the making of the tools we use to learn and train with. Depending on how much of a DIY type you are, you get into the methods for making things even more. I also have a theory that there is a balance in life. It’s good for us to create things instead of just learning and training methods of justified violence for the sake of self-defense. Mind you there is more to it than that, but we’ll get into that another day.
When I started my path to become a shoemaker, I was presented with a choice. I could run a school for escrimadors for Wing Tsun Scandinavia or I could start my apprenticeship as a shoemaker. Family responsibility (job security ) and a respect for craftsmen pushed me in the direction of shoemaking, creating and repairing helped to balance me. I would say that we all need a form of balance to thrive. Japanese martial arts speak of this often.
Any hoo, The redneck Texan in me attracts me to people such as Bill Morgan with his knives and Ed Scott with his bow making. I’ll post that video as well.
We all need to create in order to have balance in our life. That ability to create also gives us respect for those people who have been craftsmen for a long time. There should be more respect in our lives in general, if you ask me.
I could go on for a long time like this, so I’ll let you get to the videos. Ya’ll enjoy and have great day.
Create something today … be it dreams, music, knives or a house.