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Random flow training isn’t sparring in the sense that you’re not fighting each other.
A very heavy, two-handed cane or baseball bat can be used to block escruma strike in ways that a thinner, lighter stick cannot. The matrix contains angles of attack, types escria attacks swinging, thrusting, full, half, etc. Experiment with different weapons length, weight, and type in training, and be mindful of the differences.
Stick and Sword Although you’re highly unlikely to end up in a stick or sword fight on the street, stick and sword training gives you the foundation to use escriam any non-projectile weapon in self defense, is largely transferable to unarmed fighting, will teach you lessons you can use in other areas of self defense, and is great for exercise and enjoyment. In sparring, you’re fighting each other. The stick and sword techniques and training methods in FSD are a mix from a variety of styles, and based on our 4 Step Matrix.
Stick and Sword Techniques and Training Methods | Kali & Eskrima
Once a practitioner learns the basic attacks and footwork we begin with hand sparring using padded sticks. In application it consists of a safe entry, either attacking your opponent or intercepting his attack, follow ups that prevent you from getting hit while taking out your opponent, and safe exits.
Real fighting involves the unknown and a large dose of chaos. This training can include emphasis on particular aspects of fighting, where deills agree to work on various entries, combination counter attacks, etc. You’re not escrmia to directly help drill partner to learn, but to win. I do still feel it has value if done correctly and used as an isolation drill to train attacking entries and follow ups, but my current thinking is that isolating variations of the 4-Step Matrix will provide even better results with a wider variety of live options.
Sparring is where the chaos comes in, and where you learn to deal with hard pressure coming from a completely uncooperative opponent. Here are a few ways it can be done:. The basic stickwork consists of fundamental angles of attack and footwork. Dirlls you’ll find our general curriculum with links to pictures and videos. We use two methods to prepare for the reality of fighting: But in reality, you’re not going to know what your opponent is going to do and how he’s going to respond to your advances.
You don’t know what your partner is going to do and he or she doesn’t know what you’re going to do, but you’re doing it at a pace you’re both comfortable with, and there is a give and take. If you’re going to train sombrada, be sure to see our video on doing it properly. The same goes for heavy vs. Double stick isn’t something I train or teach much, but for those that are interested, here is a page demonstrating double stick with the 4 Step Matrix.
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Most of the above mentioned training centers around prearranged drills and practice patterns for repetition in the isolation phase of training. It’s also unwise to directly “block” with a sword, as the edge can be damaged. You can thrust with a stick, but it won’t have quite the same effect as thrusting with a sword.
After the practitioner learns the basic 6 angles, we move on drillls doing them with the footwork listed below:. There’s a level of cooperation, as the goal is to help each other to learn. Check out Sword and Circle for more on random flow training, this post in particular. For more information on the 4 Step Matrix and training methods, click drills.
They’re great to build speed, power, perfect your physical techniques, and to learn important concepts. Stick and sword training is different, but also very similar.
Stick and Sword
For many years I taught sombrada as a training drill, but haven’t used it since or so. Far less power is required to do damage with a sword, and whereas a strike on the arm may have no effect with a stick, the same cannot be said with a sword! A sword can slash, whereas a stick needs to hit. The principles and training methods listed here work for both stick and sword in general, but specific methods work better and worse depending on the particular weapon used.
This teaches the “defang the snake” concept striking the opponent’s hand or limb early on and gradually introduces them to stick sparring. However, there are a few substantial differences. Although you’re highly unlikely to end up in a stick or sword fight on the street, stick and sword training gives you the foundation to use almost any non-projectile weapon in self defense, is largely transferable to unarmed fighting, will teach you lessons you can use in other areas of self defense, and is great for exercise and enjoyment.
The weapons are the same length, and the same angles of attack, entries, and defenses work to a large degree.