All's good Bill , all the best to you and yours I'm feeling festive already
I'm sure Rafi has a leg up with the FMA and JKD angle , it is a great combination.
I hear what you say about music and timing , while music is your medium its really a consciousness and awareness issue , I don't play any instrument well so id be in the non-musician bracket , but I do get what your talking about.
these flow drills are exactly about this to me , I got into Uechi because of Patrick McCarthy , not because he recommended it but because he introduced me Sanchin , and then proceeded to blow my mind with all the tegumi drills and pratical functional applications in a way only he can .
well I've never been a follower , so I didn't follow the messenger but struck out after the message , Uechi had everything I was looking for .
all the more chinese weapons missing in my Shotokan practice , the range , the internal aspects , the conditioning , and there all wrapped up in a bow was its very own authentic tegumi type drills .
Back to the point .....
I always tell my students that you know when you can do a drill when you can no longer do them .......
Yes I get a lot of confused looks but there very forgiving and used to me
to many get expert at the drill , but the drill is mean to highlight something , once you master the thing the drill becomes to difficult to flow , timing drills become interrupts , reception drills become interception drills and so on and so on .
So I love drills were you can mix the cadence , change the moments , explore the moments between the moments .....
and ultimately make them impossible to do .....
I guess I'm advocating never be a master of the drill , be a master of the lesson .
Would be great fun to catch up I'm sure , looking forward to news on the book