When my friends first learn that I’m into Arnis, one of their questions is where I train. They become a bit confused when I answer “Quezon Memorial Circle” (in case you don’t know yet, it’s a public park in the middle of busy Quezon City, Philippines.) “I didn’t know that there’s a gym there,” they say.
No, my friends, there’s no gym there. We practice under the trees, smelling the soil and grass, feeling the warm breeze.
We don’t have mirrors, air conditioning, nor matting. We don’t have the predictability of a gym’s controlled environment such that sometimes when it rains, we have to wait for it to stop or we transfer to a roofed area.
And training has to start early at around 6:30 AM because the heat can be uncomfortable if we start later.
But I like it.
Maybe it’s the scenery, open space, and all the vitamin D I get. The air is fresh as fresh can be in the middle of a busy city but with all the oxygen-emitting trees, that could probably be better than air-conditioning.
For health reasons, I use a lot of sunscreen but still I tan and I like it. To me it looks healthier than cosmetically-whitened skin so popular among Filipinas these days. But that’s just me.
You see why I so enjoy coming back to my (un)gym? Scenery, open space, Vitamin D, history, and culture, that’s why 🙂
On Sunday mornings, you’ll see a lot of FMA groups practicing there. Come and visit us sometime. 🙂
How about you,where do you train?