Shadowing and Isolating Movement (diary entry)




Please forgive the vagueness of this diary entry, but my work here has become quite in depth and is mainly concerned with the refinement of a training drill. Therefore, it is written in a note form.
Tonight’s lesson continued the transitioning through postures theme for martial arts cross-training. We are using the same drills that have been formulated over the past few weeks and continuously going back to the base postures.

We warmed with individual postures as exercises and as movement exercises, also looking at variations of movement from each posture.

We went through the two grappling transitions and the one striking transition in a lot of detail. I was interested in being able to shadow these movements. Here we can break down each individual movement in isolation, as a combination of two postures and then as a holistic movement from ground to standing. The process highlights fundamental weaknesses in defence, power and individual transitions. For example, the seated posture, which deals with a mid-range guard or specifically the butterfly guard in ground-grappling, is usually the hardest place for most people to transition to and from as well manoeuvre.
It is important to remember these drills are not patterns that will stylise my teaching. They are being recorded, but they will just as easily be thrown away. The focus is on being able to apply techniques in motion and whilst moving through postures. It promotes coordination within a combative context.


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