I was practicing with a couple of new guys between classes on campus night before last. One of the guys was shaking his head about the old "chicken walking" I was doing and could not understand what the stepping is for. I kept telling him it is "multi-purpose". Faster and swinig your leg, helps to avoid a sweep and very useful on uneven terrain. Like any most other 21 year old male that is MMA crazed and full of testosterone. He wanted to prove me wrong....... After his long 21 years of Aikido, TKD and boxing with the smooth stepping, shuffling and swining his legs around. I just smiled on my way out through the muck on the greens from all this rain. : ) The poor guy acted like he had glue on his feet as I took my funny steps and rearranged his hair a little bit, I grazed his head maybe 5 - 6 times before he realized the the "old men" back in the day "moves so funny" for good reason. I pointed my baston out to let him grab on to help him up. Then we moseyed back in to the building so he could try to clean the mud off his pants. And he actually suggested that we practice outside every once in a while to make it more real........ So i just smiled and acted like I never did suggest that at least a dozen times in the past. This the same college buddy that wants to know why the "old man" moves so funny and he swings so funny with a sword too. After i showed a little footage of GT in action. "The guy on YouTube doesn't swing like that.", I have no idea who he's talking about, but I cannot wait til next week. : ) I will put a real Ilonggo blade in his hand and he will see why we "move so funny". No stick twirlers delight going on here. : ) We're go'in heavy............. I love the "Old Ways"!