Helping a World Record attempt
Every so often I get the opportunity to be involved in something special. On this day it was assisting the Greater Manchester Police in their brave attempt to complete a 36 hour martial arts marathon.
After volunteering my services as one of the instructors, I can whole heartedly say that the participants demonstrated an unquenching desire to see their task through to the bitter sweet end.
By the time I got to train them, they were truly shadows of their former selves as they suffered from sleep deprivation and muscle fatique, but even then they kept on smiling and cracking jokes (I suppose its like whistling in the dark, it makes you feel comfortable, even if you don’t know where or what you are doing)
Baring their current state of exhaustion in mind, I took them steadily through my preliminary movement concepts and to all intents and purposes they started to perk up and rejuvenate right before my very eyes.
With their new found energy, most of the brave ones stated that what I was imparting was a totally new way of martial arts movement and that they had to really concentrate as they’d never seen this type of art before.
Like I explained on the day, its like when you learn anything new you have to get good basics and to get good basics you might need to use the old grey matter a bit in order to get into the groove of the moves required.
I did enjoy seeing them embracing the new learning and even more so when they had livened up so much to the extent that they started to do all out sparring with their new found concepts, it was at this point that my time had come to and end and I had to bid them farewell as they continued their journey into the night.
I take my hat off to all involved in this extreme adventure and thanks to Stuart Charlesworth for extending such great hospitality.