Sikaran just fascinates me a lot. See my first post about it here.
- First, it’s a Filipino Martial Art, so it’s a given that I like it.
- Second, its jumping, spinning, and flying kicks are entertaining, dare I say, mesmerizing to watch.
- Third, I KNOW how physically demanding those kicks are!
You see, a few months ago, I joined a strength training boot camp. We met thrice a week and we always had intense, heart-pumping-to-the-max activities.
Once (it wasn’t repeated anymore), they asked us to do some kicking exercises.
Something like this….
My highest kick did not even reach above-waist level!
First, I had to do five kicks each leg. Rest one minute. Then ten kicks each leg. Rest. And so on. ..until we reached 30 each leg.
After that last round, the world suddenly became a like a rollercoaster and my heart felt like it wanted to jump off my chest!
You know, I have already finished a marathon and many other shorter races and I’ve been in Arnis for several months but that kicking session was the only one which gave me that overwhelming sensation of …D-Y-I-N-G.
I’m exaggerating, of course.
But not too much.
Kicking hard is… well, HARD.
It’s not easy. It’s not a joke.
That’s why I bow to the Sikaranistas.
Their strength, stamina, and power are superb.
Something I aspire for.
Now, I’m still definitely staying with Arnis but I wonder if there’s a Sikaran class near here? One that accepts stiff adults whose best effort bend reaches only to the shins… 🙂
Old but very valuable videos featuring Sikaran Supreme Master Meliton Geronimo himself. He speaks Tagalog but I don’t think that will be a problem for those who don’t understand it. The videos are pretty straightforward. Click here and here.