Thanks for your comments. I haven't been very active on these forums lately and I just saw your post.
Although we practiced with the weapons during the Charlottesville seminar, the footwork is the same even for the empty hand fighting. And I still stand by my statement that the FMA footwork is the best. Believe me, if you practice some of the footwork drills I teach at the camps (and on my tapes) you will definitely become "flight of foot".
When I began down my road of obsessive cross training, Kali was the first art I was exposed to. It actually sparked my interest in finding out "what else is out there?" Prior to that I only did Uechi-ryu. I couldn't believe how alive the body mechanics and footwork drills are. Your explanation of static Karate footwork couldn't be better. A snapshot is very accurate and I plan to quote you on that.
The stance is an excellent one for in close fighting, once you've bridged the gap and going to be punching. In this range, you need to be "rooted" to draw power.
>>>>The farther we go down the road, the more territory we open up for exploration<<<
Absolultely! The more I learn, the less I feel I know, the more humble I become.
Hope to see you at summercamp.
[This message has been edited by Raffi Derderian (edited April 17, 2002).]