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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

I don't believe in coincidences of this magnitude.

Obviously, in the midst of processing our upcoming, life-changing move to NY, my mind shifts to an important topic: Where on earth am I going to train?

Guru Mushtaq Ali, who's graciously provided me with much martial advice (and balur!), has been in the process of moving his Silat Zulfikari HQ from LA to upstate NY, some two to three hours away from Ithaca. "Occasional weekends of martial fun in the forest" (as Guru puts it), here I come!

But, I've since discovered that there is at least one FMA school in Ithaca, headed by the person who heads up the New York chapter of Cumann Bhata. His name is listed on the website along with that of two others that I personally know and have trained with here in Athens.

Silat, FMA, and Irish stick-fighting. If I can afford it all (which I probably won't be able to, at first), it'll be like I never left Athens. All that's missing is a Bando grandmaster...


DATU_B said...

I think some time with Guru Mustaq would be awesome. Then you'd stop complaining that I beat your forearms too much.

Gurur Mustaq better prepare himself for the way you giggle when you're in pain. It's like your an S&M "Tickle Me Elmo".

Mushtaq Ali said...

I am already looking forward to working Cimande with Don. The good news is that I have a couple gallons of balur I need to use up.

Giggling is fine, The part I hate is when someone faints as I am rubbing out their arms after practice.

Don said...

I can't help it, I've always been prone to inappropriate shock laughter, especially when it comes to training pain.

Say, Mushtaq -- I don't suppose there's anyone you can recommend in the Ithaca or surrounding area?