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Miscellaneous Thoughts

March is almost upon us, and soon, I’ll start advertising for the STL Counterpoint seminar with Counterpoint Tactical System founder Zach Whitson. Mataas Na Guro Whitson will conduct a one day seminar followed by rank testing. Topics are still to be determined. This will be the third annual seminar in the St. Louis area with … Continue reading

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Skill Development

Ryan is learning the first stand up grappling lock flow series in Counterpoint Tactical System (CTS). As part of teaching him, I’ve been researching whatever lock flows I can find on YouTube. The CTS locks are similar to those in a number of other systems; so, I watch those videos in addition to the CTS … Continue reading

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2015: A Year in Preview

The superstition is that whatever you do on the first day of the New Year dictates how your year will go. If this is true, then I will spend 2015 coughing, barely able to focus, and having low energy levels. I spent New Year’s Day in the midst of a bout of acute bronchitis and … Continue reading

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2014 Iron Mountain: Curriculum Part One

The main draw for Iron Mountain is the curriculum. It is an instructor’s camp even though not everyone there is currently an instructor. Master Zach Whitson designs the camp agenda with the higher ranks in mind, which means that advanced Counterpoint Tactical System curriculum is taught. For non-black belts like me, it’s CTS Christmas. Camp … Continue reading

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2014 Iron Mountain: Overview

Home is where the heart is. If this old saying is true, then the home of Counterpoint Tactical System, for me, is in the hills of Tennessee. Iron Mountain Camp is at the heart of the CTS experience. I love my classes, seminars and private training with Master Zach Whitson, and it’s fantastic traveling to … Continue reading

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Support Systems

Back in December of 2012, my instructor moved home to Pittsburgh. Evan Ringle and I had spent nearly three years training together. We traveled from Tennessee to Kansas to Springfield, MO for seminars with Master Zach Whitson. I was only a few months into this blog and had one student approach me about classes. To … Continue reading

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Classes: Transitioning

STL Counterpoint and Team Kali are on the move. We are transitioning away from our current location to a more stable location for us. The new location is inside Victory Performance Training in Weldon Spring, MO. During this time, we are adding classes. Wednesday and Sunday classes at 4261 Keaton Crossing are staying the same … Continue reading