Tag Archives | stick fighting

Single Weave Deconstruction (diary entry)

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16.06.21 Wednesday night’s first client worked on the single weave pattern in stick fighting. After our usual warm-up using the sticks for mobility, dynamic stretching, callisthenics and to promote better dexterity and coordination, we revised the flow strike pattern. This was done as solo and partner drills. The movement involves the first and 11th angles I teach with the single stick. Next we went through the single weave in a similar fashion and then separated the sequence. The single weave […]

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Single Weave & Dice Rolls (diary entry)

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09.06.21 My first client’s stick work revised all previous two stick drills along with some freestyle footwork and multiple opponents before continuing with the hit flow from last lesson and then the single weave. The single weave is probably the most challenging drill so far. It introduces a great degree of coordination and demonstrates the importance of maintaining good single angle strikes. My second client had his first full run through of the 14 combinations on the roll of a […]

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New Double Stick Drills & Eight Combinations (diary entry)

26.05.21 On Wednesday my first client continued his stick work. We went through posture transitioning whilst performing the first two angles using the single stick. Next we moved onto our standard double-stick partner drill and finished our revision with the full 12 angles on the single stick. Next, we moved onto a new double stick drill – the single weave. This begins teaching basic pattern work for stick training. My second client began his review of all 14 combinations. Tonight […]

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12 Angles and the Final Combinations (diary entry)

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19.05.21 My Wednesday clients continued directly on from the previous lesson (below). Stick work was all about refining the drills we have learnt since the beginning – single sticks, double stick high and low attacks, stabs and trapping. My kickboxing client finished his series of combinations with combination 13 – jab/cross/weave under rightross/hook/cross/rear elbow/lead knee/lead body kick – and combination number 14 – jab/Dutch block/hook/rear body kick/Dutch block/cross/lead body kick. I use switch knee and a switch kick in both […]

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Progress with Sticks & Kicks! (diary entry)

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28.04.21 Wednesday night saw significant improvement with my stick-fighting client and my kickboxing client. In the former’s lesson we blended in diagonal strikes to the legs in addition to the two high angled strikes. These were done with fluid posture transitioning, on the move and from different stances. They were first taught with single stick from each hand then as double sticks. Next I introduced a double-hand grip and put them together for a sequence of 10 techniques. Kickboxing moved […]

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Fluid Weapon Work and Fluid Striking Combinations (diary entry)

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21.04.21 My first lesson continued my combat stick work. Using Filipino influences, we warmed up using several dexterity and mobility drills. These exercises include getting used to the length of the sticks, moving them around the body and seamlessly switching hands and grips. The focus tonight was to get my client used to adapting, changing levels, stance, postures and fighting whilst moving. This will be a continuous theme of the course. We then trained the first two angles from both […]

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Sticks & Strikes (diary entry)

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07.04.21 With Covid restrictions being lifted to allow outdoor one-to-ones that permit certain activities, I taught the nephew and uncle team on sticks and focus mitts. The first lesson focused on angles one and two in line with most kali, arnis or escrima training. This is taught as an accompaniment to my main self-protection and mixed martial arts training. The second lesson focused on the rhythm and flow combinations I have been running my clients through. We covered combinations 1, […]

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Footwork and Postures (diary entry)

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30.01.19   Tonight’s lesson continued work on Filipino influenced martial arts tactics in sport and self-defence. Although we did train through postures and opened up sparring to all ranges, we primarily focused on stand-up fighting. Next week we will move more into clinch and ground.   The lesson began with a warm-up of single and double-stick movements. We started with the single stick 12 angles. This then moved onto double-stick partner work. Here we used angles 1 and 2 through […]

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Attack the Shoulder first? (diary entry)

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24.08.17   We took a hard look at weapon defence tactics. The lesson began with a revision of the angles one and two analysed in the previous session. Taking away the stick we looked at the most direct empty-hand adaptation of the criss-cross angle movement. This takes the form of two forearm smashes coming in exactly the same way as the stick. Such a movement is found in several South East Asian martial arts, especially Malaysian silat. It has a […]

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Weapon Attribute Training (diary entry)

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09.08.17   My client has just recently undergone (non-training related) minor surgery and has eight stitches. We adapted by doing some technical work that wouldn’t stress the affected area. Having not covered stick and knife work for a while we revised some basic angles of attack and built up some dexterity drills. This began with single stick – high and low. Then we brought in the knife. Next we performed a single knife on knife flow drill. This was followed […]

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Striking Along Angles

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28.09.16   Tonight we focused solely on 45 degree striking. As I have been demonstrating in recent lessons on Muay Thai for martial arts cross-training, edged weapon training is a great method for conveying these particular strikes. Many Southeast Asian weapon arts begin with 45 degree strikes. Eddie Quinn, a Muay Thai kru and creator of the Silat-inspired “The Approach” self-defence system, puts the criss-cross primary angle strikes at the centre of his self-defence methods. These angles and their reverse […]

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Disarms and Wrist-Locks (diary entry)

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    12.08.15 The eighth lesson in my client’s course on weapons for martial arts cross-training, looked at more entanglement. After a warming up with stick-on-stick and then angles of evasion we moved onto blade work, where we explored various wrist-lock disarms. You will note that I have generally stayed away from wrist-locks in the traditional sense. I believe they have pragmatic purpose, a definite place in the history of unarmed combat and learning them can help improve small-joint manipulations […]

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Weapon Evasion to Engagement (diary entry)

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22.07.15 The sixth in the CCMA course on weapons for martial arts cross training was a revision of the past five lessons, moving into grappling with striking. We began using the single and double sticks, moving through postures and varying angle patterns as part of the warm-up. Then we moved onto evasive movements against the sticks and the knife I introduced a simple pivoting response to attack incoming slashes with the knife and then built on it with unarmed strikes […]

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