I've never actually used a machete before. It was SO MUCH FUN. I kind of went to town on many parts of the yard. I had forgotten how good it feels to hold a weapon, and though I never got to bladed weapons in my training, a lot of things transfer from staff/escrima. (And I've been watching Forged in Fire, so I am regularly seeing someone do proper sword/knife usage. I love that show.)
I wonder if now that my back is more stable if there is a weapons based art I could train in again. Anything judo, aikido, or kickboxing-based is absolutely out. I suppose there are tai chi sword forms? Though I don't know if that would really scratch the hitting-things-with-sticks urge. And available time is, of course, a major issue, since right now I can't even manage yoga class.
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