Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Mind Map Video

So yesterday I started a new youtube channel to post videos that have to do with my concept of Whole Brain Thinking. I know that a lot of New Agey people have taken over the whole brain market with their newly packaged Transcendental Meditation, (which by the way is exactly the opposite of Whole Brain Thinking, as the ancient Japanese knew well by calling it "No Mind"), but I have a lot to say about the subject.

Being a natural ambidextrous person I use whole brain (using both sides of your brain at the same time) thinking every day. We live in a society that is seriously lacking in logic, but those people who seem to be logical often are missing the artistic part of them. And then the whole world seems to be missing a connection with God that is part of a fully functional system, and then of course there is the physical side of things. So this channel will explore these topics in greater depth.

My first video for the channel is about Mind Mapping. Mind Mapping is a whole brain exercise that helps you figure out a topic you are studying. So I made a mind map of my channel, and what I want to discuss on it. You can see part one of the video here:


I hope you enjoy the video and get a lot out of it, and I hope that you too can become a whole brain thinker and become wiser and more intelligent in the process!



Friday, April 21, 2017

Sinawali Update

Ok, so after consulting with Wmpyr, I reorganized the previous Sinawali charts. Here are three charts one for 6 count sinawali, one for 8 count and one for 10 count. If you double up on each one you can also use these charts for 12, 16 and 20 count sinawali's I believe.

If you want to print them out from a pdf, I am including a link to both the jpgs and pdfs of the files.


I am hoping to make a video soon explaining how to use the rhythm chart at the bottom. If you need drum lessons in Winston Salem give me a call, and you too can learn to play drums and wield escrima sticks at the same time! :)

8 Count Sinawali Chart

Ok, so in my last post I wrote about my new fitness program, and I discussed a chart that I designed for the Heaven 6 sinawali, or in fact any 6 count sinawali. In this post, I am including a chart I designed for an 8 count sinawali. Hope you find it useful.

As you can see on the chart, I have listed four grids at the top which will allow you to write in moves from similar sinawali if you want to see them all on one page. The diamond shape in the middle is for strike angles. The man in the middle is for marking target areas. The boxes on either side are the movements of the sinawali, and the lines coming off are for your notes. The outside columns are for add ons that can make the sinawali more complex, while the inner lines are for notes that remind you of proper techniques. The music staves at the bottom are drum staves that allow you to insert whatever rhythmic pattern you want to work on . There is a reminder to put a key signature because a complex key signature can really throw off an opponent. And finally down at the bottom is a color coding system, so you can use markers to color code each strike by coloring in the number or outlining the box, which will tell you where you want that particular strike to land.

Hope this helps. I'll be trying to get a 10 count cart up soon.

Escrima/Arnis/Kali Chart for Sinawali

So this year, I wanted to get into shape. I started a new diet (actually, I've tried four different diets this year) and I've lost about 20 lbs, trying to lose about 40 more pounds total. And one of the things that I've added to help my heart is an exercise program. I am doing a weekly additional exercise program. The first week I started by doing 100 jumping jacks, the second week, I added sit ups/crunches (I alternate) and I'm trying to work up to 100 of those. The third week I added planks, which hopefully will work up to 100 of those a day. And one of the other things I've been doing is adding a martial arts training for sword/stick fighting from a martial art called Modern Arnis (aka Escrima or Kali).

So there's a really cool guy on Youtube who calls himself Wmpyr, who makes great Escrima videos. If you want to learn how to do sword fighting, he's your man. You can check out his channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/wmpyr

Anyway, so I came up with a chart that will help me learn my sinawali weaves and I am uploading it for you. I also have included drum rhythm staves, to help develop rhythm when training.

Here it is!

I'm also working on an 8 count sheet that can be used as well.