I love combat workshops. Color me addicted. Having one nearly in my backyard has made the Throwdown a special one for me since it began 4 years ago.
And of course, the second that happened I had to attend to everything else that was on my desk, so here's the big points:
~ Knife and hawk throwing outdoors was greeted by some sunny but cool weather on the first day. I've been working on some hawk tricks, but my throwing knife collection is somewhat limited. Getting to play with a variety of blades, throwers and targets is always fun.
~ Renewed small sword (with a Terry Pratchett scene against an old friend, no less). It's a rarely used weapon, but it's really elegant (and nasty, if used right).
~ Taught an intro (theatrical) firearms class. Fun had all around. Had a serious "I feel old" moment when I realized less than a quarter of the class had ever seen The Crow. That muffled sound in my closet is the pile of black t-shirts weeping at their own irrelevance.
~ As is my wont, brought a handful of my colleagues to Cafe Istanbul. One of my favorite places in Atlanta, and one of them is just up the highway from the workshop. Pillow seating, incredible food, talented belly dancers, it's a me kind of place.
~ Capped off the three-day workshop by going right back to training day Monday. My friend Sara stuck around to pick up some gun tricks, so we mainly concentrated on those between us and Kat (my go-to assistant, who has a firearm-heavy feature coming up). But even unofficially extended events must come to an end, and I had an important date with some arnica and tiger balm.
Mixed in and around this is more good conversation and time with some of the best friends and colleagues a Barbarian could ask for. Even more fun is that my lady got to come out and hang around with the other fighters. (She's met many over the years, and is rather fond of quite a few. But she's not in the industry at all, and consequently rarely gets to see many of them).
Can't wait until next year.
Anyways, more fun stuff on the horizon. Inevitable gets released on the web May 27th. I did a little fight work and appeared in a small role for that a while back. I'm doing pre-vis work for a project I'm not at liberty to discuss (my colleagues have been calling it the Vague Project of Vagueness. Eh well, Blue Harvest was already taken). A couple of articles are still in draft form, and of course there's knives and leather and more kniv