This month’s student interview is with Vasilisa who has been a regular at our Hyde Park Self Defence training sessions. Let’s see what Vasilisa has to say about herself and her training.
Please introduce yourself, where are you from and what do you do?My name is Vasilisa, I am Russian. I used to work as a lawyer in my home country, but I abandoned law for Photography when moved to UK.
How long have you been doing photography? Can you give us a link to some of your work? My photography career started in 2005 when I became a Co-Author of a gift/photography book “Grey Matter: Why it’s Good to be Old”. At the moment most of my work is Wedding and Portraiture Photography. Also I have a few students of Photoshop. My Wedding Photography website www.photographyrealm.co.uk Some work can be seen on FB page http://www.facebook.com/VasilisaPR You have been doing the Urban Escrima Hyde Park training sessions right? How is that going?I enjoy our sessions. Most of my training is gym based and doing Escrima in the Hyde Park is very pleasant.
Are you currently training in any other martial arts? Have you trained in anything before?I am into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Also, recently, I started traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu.
How do you feel training in Escrima Concepts has benefited you?It is an art of combat and self-defence which prepares you to a street situation from the very beginning. One can not underestimate it. Also, I find stick to stick drills very cool and different from what I am used to.
What things do you most enjoy training at Urban Escrima?The atmosphere of training is very pleasant and outdoor environment adds into it. Also, besides of being a knowledgeable trainer, Nigel can keep up with a Russian sense of humour, he is just a star.
What one thing do you feel you can take away from the training and use in a real life situation?One? There quite a few really. If I have to choose though, it would be the fact that I have more weapons in my bag then I ever thought.