Merry Christmas all you stick swinging elves Just to give you the heads up that the Guam contingent for the 2008 Sulong tourney is gearing up for 10 months of training to take the over all championships of the tourney.. So far, I have two guys including myself who are going to start slinging sticks on a more dedicated schedule.. We are training twice a week and currently due to our work schedules, but this will increase as time permits with the additional people who are starting to show interest from the Kajukenbo group.. We are in touch with some instructors from the Philippines and have received some training invitations to go to their schools in the next year and fight in the tourneys in the Philippines as we are invited.. This is going to be the prep for our trip to the Sulong tourney in October. This will give you stateside practitioners who are hanging on the fence line as to commit to training in preparation for this tourney as it gives you 10 months to get ready to have the Guam express run over your tracks and show you what we practice on the west side of the International date line and the small island of Gilligan that I came back to after 2 yrs of freezing my nodes off in Chicago. BTW: Just to let you know that GM Nene Tortal is scheduled to be in the states this summer for two (count them two) summer training camps, one to be held in the mosquito infested swamp lands of Indiana at Mike Snow's and the other to be held at the Midway Kodenkan school in Chicago the week after.. Dates of these camps can be confirmed by contacting Mike Snow and John Bednarski.. These camps are sponsored in part by the Dekiti Tirsia Siradas groups of the midwest and are a part of the Sulong Association's mission to enhance the exposure of the FMA in the Midwest..