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.
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.