We got to bed late last night and were up early this morning. No breakfast but we did brew up some stout cups of Yerba Mate to clear the fog and get us ready for our final day’s challenge. We started off retesting our first day movement standards and everyone smoked their previous performance despite significant fatigue, bumps and bruises. After the retesting we spent about an hour working more self-defense concepts. This session focused on how to protect yourself if you should fall during a fight and how to safely stand back up if you should find yourself in this unfortunate situation. We practiced drills that were safe but were very demanding. After a brief break to grab water and we embarked on an hour and twenty-five minute odyssey through the forest. We jumped, climbed ran, crawled, lept and mud-bogged. I’ll be honest, elements of it were scary, painful and very hard but it was all good. I made it through because of camaraderie and coaching.
I’m not going into too much detail about this so future participants have a similar experience as I did, but I can tell you it is hard, but fun. It’s kinda funny but many people I told about this event related that it sounded a little crazy. Stomping around the woods in West Virginia, climbing trees and carrying logs to name only a few of the events. With the perspective of having finished the Expansion Course I’d have to admit these people were right in characterizing it as “crazy” but I would also say that a life without a little insanity, without a challenge that makes you seriously question if you can (or should) complete it…A life without these elements, at least occasionally is likely boring to the point of tears. I went into this event looking for more tricks to make me a better coach and athlete and I found these aplenty. I did not expect to be mentally and physically challenged in a way that I’ve never experienced. I have a feeling I will be a better person and coach because of this week.
BTW-If you are planning on the December course in Thailand, I’ll see you there.