At longsword practice yesterday E.A. reported that after the Escrima practice I bailed out of, he developed a similar pattern of symptoms: his legs were a little sore the next day but cripplingly sore the day after that, and took a while to bounce back. In both cases the trigger was certain moves that involved deep lunging steps that brought the butt, and one knee, close to the ground. Seeing this as enough to confirm a pattern, I got out the Clubbells and did a modestly challenging routine involving lunging steps, then went to a convenient staircase and did an exercise that I picked up from my physical therapist a couple of years ago. This involves standing sideways at the stop of the staircase, crouching down (with straight spine and booty sticking out) and then descending the stairs slowly with a leg-crossing gait. It is pretty good at setting the gluteals on fire. This morning I have got only moderate thigh and butt soreness and am thinking that such exercises are going to have to be part of the regular routine from now on.
A recent bartitsu.org posting gives the best portrait I’ve ever read of how they did things at the Bartitsu Club. In this account it sounds like a circuit-training sort of affair in which members could make the rounds of jiujitsu, boxing, fencing, stick, etc. in the course of a single workout. This sounds like heaven to me and I am wondering how such a thing might be realized in a modern context. The problem being that it would be necessary to get all of the requisite instructors together in the same place at the same time. Barton-Wright was able to pull this off 110 years ago but it would be difficult to achieve today. I could, however, envision doing it as a one-off, which could serve to draw new members into a martial arts organization.