Post UWM Update – Red Rock

Nothing like a bit of action to get you to take your training to the next level. Here Rory ‘Red Rock’ Trend share his thoughts on how UWM affected him.

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Rory (left) with UWM Chairman Justin Forsell at the Trend Training Centre, Sydney. Great place that offers Kung Fu and much more. Check out the centre’s website for more information.

– How did you personally find VTC1?

I found the event to be really well planned and executed. It was a really large team of very different individuals all pulling in the same direction. The team was committed on making the event successful.  For me personally I prepared in a very traditional manner. Only utilising my styles theory and training drills. The event was the eye opener I was expecting.

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Photo courtesy of Rebecca ‘Bec’ Campbell, from when Rory visited Jim ‘Fierce’ Campbell in Perth last year.

– How was it to fight against other styles in VTC1?

I really enjoyed the challenge of facing different fighting styles. I really enjoy to just deal with what is being thrown as to best prepare for the street, is best to prepare for the unexpected.

– Did participating in UWM influence the way you train and/or instruct in your style?

Post event, I have completely changed to full contact weapons sparring. You can not train a pulling style for this event. That is my opinion.  I have also completely limited my vision in training as to train a sight and react based training. Within my style all things are trained with peripheral vision. The suit did not allow for this. I was completely a fish out of water in this regard.

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Photo courtesy of Rebecca ‘Bec’ Campbell

– What have you been up to since VTC1?

I have completely immersed myself in Practical Method Tai-Chi for the past 12 months. I have done nothing else. This system is also trying to bring in and make for a popular sport. Tai-Chi wrestling. I have put myself forward into pioneering from two fronts. Full contact weapons Fighting utilising Chinese Kung Fu. And Tai-Chi wrestling to combat quality Grappling and takedown ability.

– What/how are you currently training, what’s next?

I have a trip to china August 14 to test my progression in Practical Method Tai-Chi. Then I will thoroughly investigate full contact weapons fighting in one-on-one combat and teams events. Starting with a September SwordPlay competition. I’m looking forward to see the standard of ability I will aspire to.

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Interested in what the other UWM fighters have been up to? Check out the updates from Ironheart, Ronin, Fierce and yours truly (Wolf) for more.

 

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