I wanted to share something pretty exciting to the Miraflor family. For those of you who know the Miraflors, you probably know that they are Filipino and involved in a Filipino martial arts called Escrima. My father in law, Art, and his brother, Abel were encouraged to take up the hobby by their father, Bing, when they were little and have continued in the arts throughout childhood and into adulthood. Art has a school where he teaches it to other young men, and I dare say there are PLENTY of people walking around in the world who would say they learned some martial arts or defense mechanisms from Grand Master Art Miraflor.
Art naturally taught the art to Brandon, who fought in many tournaments throughout his teens and did very well. Escrima is a type of stick fighting… usually when two Escrimadors fight, it is with two hard bamboo sticks that make a very unique “clacking” noise. It’s actually a very beautiful sport to watch. We have Escrima sticks all over this house, and Brandon even cut up some Bamboo sticks and made some for Jake…they scrimmage often together.
When Escrimadors do a tournament, they usually fight with padded swords and the winning is based on point of contact and foot work. Art has done several tournaments over the years, and he just did one recently. Brandon and Jake attended the tournament and in the middle of it, Art decided that they should have a child’s fight. Jake of course wanted to participate, so he got suited up and ready to fight. I am so sad I missed it as me and the rest of the Miraflor women were at our cousin’s baby shower. Thank God Brandon video’d it!!
As you can see, Jake won. And obviously, he’s not afraid to fight. Ha. The man in the middle is Art, Brandon’s dad. He was so proud to have his grandson fight and win. So cute!!
In closing, I have a question for you. Many moons ago, when Evy’s Tree was born, I decided to separate Evy’s Tree from our family blog, mainly because I felt that people reading about Evy’s Tree probably didn’t care about my family stories, enlightening thoughts and other ridiculous things. And furthermore, I thought those of you following about my family didn’t care about Evy’s Tree. However, I’m finding that the same people who read the family blog read Evy’s Tree.
So, right now we are knee deep in creating an Evy’s Tree website which my Evy’s Tree blog will be connected to. And we are also going to redo this family blog, which you will probably see happening within a week or so. But I’m wondering if they should continue to be separate? Maybe I need to just come to grips with the fact that my life is messed together, so therefore I should give up trying to make them so separate. ha.
Anyway, would love your thoughts, if you even care. haha. oh boy.