Monday, 22 February 2010


We worked Numerado at the class tonight. The students did well to pick it up even though it may have fried their brains. Sifu McFann arrives tomorrow and teaches tomorrow night at the gym. Teaching focuses my mind right now and is a welcome escape from all the trials and tribulations of hospital visits.

Dan Inosanto Interview:

The Numerado in the Villabrille System now, that means it’s a circular drill in which you will move around your opponent and what it is, is your opponent feeds you a certain angle of attack and you counter it and follow up with up to one, two, three, four or even five hits and then he’ll attack you on another line and this will continue. Meanwhile your trying to zone to his side where he cannot see, so he has to switch his whole attack and face you, that is the Numerado in the Villabrille System.

As in another system, the Numerado is a numbering system where you just learn twelve angles of attack. In other systems, the Numerado is 144 techniques, that’s 12 techniques for one, 12 techniques for two sometimes they refer to it as abecedario. Then again, the abecedario in some systems is a numbering system. In other systems they add the contradas, which is usually depending on what each instructor wants, will be 12 techniques for one, 12 techniques for 2, or 12 possible techniques for one and 12 possible techniques for 2 and 3 and 4 and so on.

Besides being a really cool drill, what are some of the combative benefits of the Numerado drill…..?

One of the benefits I think is, it teaches you to zone away from the rear hand and it teaches you to zone away if there is a another opponent within the equation of the attack. So I think it teaches you circling, zoning and mobility principles.

In teaching Numerado, what is the training progression …..?

In the Villabrille System they will attack with number one, if you were to think of a clock, and you were standing at 12 O’clock, your job would be to move all the way to 6.00 O’clock by the time you finished your last strike on the counter. Then when he attacks off number two, you will at least try to move 45 degrees from the original place that you were at. The idea behind this is to simulate more than one warrior, because one attack might be from this direction and one attack might be from that direction. Numerado is also a very good light aerobic exercise, however it could also be a heavy aerobic exercise, which could also lead into the anaerobic system.

Can the drill be trained with various weapons….?

Yes, the Numerado is a very good drill because you can inter-change different weapons. Double stick could be double sword, double sword could be sword and shield, it could be a staff versus double sticks, it could be a spear versus double sticks. It could be stick and dagger versus shield and sword or single stick or double sticks. There are just so many different variations that you can put into it, that’s why I think it’s a very good drill. You can have a hatchet; you can have a sword and dagger as opposed to a sword and shield as opposed to a shield and dagger as opposed to a shield and an axe. So you can have a shield and axe and then you have an axe and dagger. There are just countless of different ways that you can expose your students to the Numerado drill.

© 2006 Progressive Combat Systems.

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Thursday, 18 February 2010

Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week

Kali running with her new pal Guiness

It hasn't been a good time for me health wise. I've been ill and my stomach is very bloated. There seems to be an inflammation inside. I will see a Dr at the ARI on Monday and my local GP has also been treating me, especially as my blood pressure is high. I can deal with this as i have the Assessment visit to Edinburgh coming up. 'Screw the nut' as the saying goes.

I'm also looking at a friends blog which makes me feel that my problems are not as important. I'm humbled by his attitude in the face of adversity.

The blog talks about the tests his daughter is having concerning Autism, bed wetting issues and her eyesight. The strength the two parents have to deal with this is an inspiration and on top of this he's dealing with his recently widowed mother who is having many issues. You'll see the blog on the list of blogs I follow down on the right hand side of this page: Jeff's Revolution.

Whilst I don't really reply to comments, the comments do give me strength, so I hope you will let Jeff know that he's in your prayers/thoughts.

Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week. – Spanish Proverb

“We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” – E. E. Cummings

Tuesday, 16 February 2010


Kali meets Mr Chubby, the ferret
My date is fixed for the 8th March. A week in which scans, tests (physical and mental) and information to let me know what Transplant really means.

Then i'll be on call.

Friday, 12 February 2010

Testing Times

Today I heard from hospital.

I'll be in hospital at the beginning of march for a week to be assessed for suitability for transplant. Social workers, Psychiatrists, Medical experts will spend time with me to make sure I'm suitable.

We already know though don't we.

Listen, there is NEVER, EVER a perfect time to do a transformation. There's always a future event or time demand that will make you want to delay getting started. ALWAYS.

But the most successful people, get started anyway. They just say 'I'm doing this', and they do something, anything, before it's too late."

A different mind


In the confusion and turmoil of life, in its continual bustle and conflict, every individual is caught. To understand the meaning of it, one must first grapple with it intellectually and afterwards put one's intellectual theories into practice... And since thought comes first, it very necessary that it should be true thought. Therefore you must approach the problem with a clear synthetic mind, free from prejudice, vanity and superstition - a mind that is willing to probe to the real root of things and not merely to skim the surface. - J. Krishnamurti Early Works, circa 1930

Thursday, 11 February 2010


Still heard nuthin' on what is my late father's birthday.

"Cancer starts when the DNA code within the cell's nucleus becomes corrupted," he says. "It seems frankincense has a re-set function. It can tell the cell what the right DNA code should be.

"Frankincense separates the 'brain' of the cancerous cell - the nucleus - from the 'body' - the cytoplasm, and closes down the nucleus to stop it reproducing corrupted DNA codes." BBC Story

“A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the
whole community the virtue of each one is living”- R. Steiner

“Peace is not just the absence of war, it is the active presence of a capacity for love and compassion, and reciprocity. It is an awareness that our lives are not to be lived simply for ourselves through expressing our individuality, but we confirm the purpose of our lives through the work of expressing our shared sense of community in a purposeful and practical way.” — Dennis Kucinich

What is permaculture?
Much of permaculture involves what our great grandparents instinctively knew when they lived in villages, made their own things, and grew their own food. It could be said to be the art of respecting nature and working with it to cultivate land, plants, animals and people by fostering mutually beneficial relationships between them. Permaculture is a method of designing communities in ways that mimic the relationships found in the natural ecologies.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

No news isn't always good news

AMAG students on the Inosanto weekend 2010
The Head of the Transplant team did try and call me on Monday tea time but I'd been delayed at the Aboyne Health Clinic, mainly because i was seen by a student. Otherwise I'd have been able to have caught the phone call. I called and left a message on the answering machine but his secretary didn't pass it on so I never heard anything today.

I didn't mind being seen by the student, it was just once he realised I was slightly more 'serious' and called in what will be my new doctor, i had to go through the process again. A ten minute appointment took up an hour.

So at the moment, i don't know anything new : (

Life itself has no system


Life itself has no system, for it is always in movement; always growing and striving. To systemize it, therefore, is to bind it and so negate its vital quality. For this reason pure reason can never understand; nor can its anti-thesis, which is pure sentiment, ever understand. Strength is needed for understanding, but sentimentality is always weak. - J. Krishnamurti Early Works, circa 1930

Sunday, 7 February 2010

The Edinburgh Trip

Thursday after being checked in I had an evening of answering questions for Junior Doctors. The Edinburgh Royal Infirmary (ERI) is a new building with a clean fresh and modern feel so much different to many hospitals built in the Victorian age. Didn't help me much with the sleep though.

Friday I was wheeled at 11am to where the Endoscopy was going to take place and introduced to the Liver doctor. The gave me a sedative and whilst I was awake to follow instructions I have no recollection of any of it. I do have a picture in my head of the doctor saying that all was well. Caz awoke me around 4pm and after a while the doctors came round.

It would appear that they could not find the second lesion in order to take a biopsy. This in itself may be good enough to allow me to go on the list but until its discussed at their weekly meet, there is no decision as yet.

They wanted to keep me in for the night but I asked to go and that was acceptable. Caz picked me up and we went and met with friends for something to eat.

Saturday and Sunday was spent on a seminar with Martial Arts legend Guro Dan Inosanto. To be considered a student of this man is an amazing honour. I look forward to seeing him later in the year in a better state of health. It was great to see old friends and make some new ones.

We are home now and a few days of relaxation before I get the phone call with the latest decision.

Peace within


A mind that has understood the nature of pleasure and fear is no longer violent and can therefore live at peace within itself and with the world. - Talks and Dialogues Saanen 1967

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Here we go now!

Drive down tomorrow, check into hospital thursday tea time. Endoscopy Friday am. Released on good behaviour Friday afternoon. Recover Friday night.

Guro Dan Inosanto on Saturday and Sunday and then back up to the licks of Kali!


"Cultivation to the mind is as necessary as food to the body."

If you want to board an aeroplane, but were told by a large group of aeronautical engineers that the plane was 90% certain to crash upon take-off, would you listen to them? Or would you listen to a small group, comprising of a PR consultant, a botanist and a plumber, who presented as evidence an article from Readers Digest magazine?

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