...After countering, striking takes place on the opponent's weapon hand...for practice purposes only... In a combat situation... the 1st strike will often go straight to the head or body...close immediately and shut down opponent... - from Serrada Eskrima: Basic Concepts Vol 1 dvd by Master Tacosa All serrada players should know internally that once you counter, you attack the head/body. That said, try to think outside the box on this one. One way (of myriad others) of practicing counters is to sometimes go from the hand to the wrist to the forearm to elbow to the shoulder to the neck to the head, or any combo thereof. Doesnt this sound quite a bit like cadena and/or blade work? All cadena movenment has its roots in the stick movement. So when you see serrada players practicing these mid range strikes, they are laying/re-enforcing the foundations for cadena/knife movements; traps, grappling, destructions, etc. The shorter sticks allow the players to practice tight movements in extremely close quarters.