NoVA Arnis in the Park

Discussion in 'NoVA Arnis in the Park' started by Dr. Tye W. Botting, Aug 11, 2015.

  1. Today's arnis, 19 March 2017: As a "warm up," we reviewed the 4 LvR sequences from last week to catch up those who were out and then added one more slight variation. From there, I wanted to wake up the live hands (both left and right), so we worked block-check-counter (BCC) versus the first 4 angles of attack using right-hand feed, left-hand feed, and then two-hand feed. We did twice as many rounds of that on folks' left-hand-cane-hand than right so as to wake up the usually-lagging live right hand a bit more. This drill also works wonders to just get folks used to incoming attack angles, no matter what handed your opponeent is. From there, we worked it even more, emphasizing following up with multiple strikes via striking styles and combinations after the BCC. This helped subconsciously reinforce the check hand since it is more needed (monitor/manage/control) when working followup combinations. Lastly, to keep people off-balance from the unexpected we worked right-handed disarms against a left-handed attacker - just doing the normal disarm since that's what's programmed and adapting to make it work against a left-hand attack for a given incoming angle. Basics, but off-kilter basics. Good day.
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  2. Today's arnis, 26 Mar 2017: Lots of folks on the court today along with a couple new ones - good deal! (10-12 at the start; much more like it and lots of good energy today! We started with H-H and H-L single sinawali (with pokes if known), then sinawali boxing drill: offensive, defensive, and elbow shield, then the 8 basic strikes, then empty-hand single sinawali (with punches), then single sinawali with a few traps and locks (standing center, outside wrist, center, underhand-trap, etc). Then review 8 basic strikes. Then walk away and other grab releases as basics for understanding leverage and lock setups. Finally, we finished with 8 basic strikes again so they "stick."
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  3. Today's arnis, 2 Apr 2017: We warmed up with sinawalis, starting with 4 corners, then doing sinawali 10 (also single-stick version), then single sinawali with ground-tap, then single sinawali with ground-tap and hit-to-spin. Then we worked some details of standup dumog, including armbar and standing armbar (with footwork), then a bunch of different kinds of center lock: cross-grab straight to center lock, same-side grab to center lock, same-side to off-hand palm center lock (with elbow pressure), same-side to 2-finger center, cross-grap to thumb center lock, "high five" to horizontal (or flat) reverse center lock, "high five" to standing center lock, grab to standing center lock, and probably a whole host of other variations and extensions or flows. From there we went on to work the trading finger locks drill that Prof used to have us warm up with at camps sometimes, point then lock, then grab and lock, then grab and lock, etc, using fingers, thumbs, whatever. From there, we did some simple handshaking thumb locks, pinky locks, and others. A day of basic leverages and finding what works for you to understand the principles and optimizations possible whatever the opportunity. And again, more people now that there's better weather - 9 plus me today I think.
  4. Today's arnis, 9 Arnis 2017: We reviewed Baston Anyo Isa and Dalawa, with a brief discussion on use of the abaniko double-action versus the double-zero strike. From there we worked on the leverage disarm (standard #1) but applied it against standard strikes 1, 3, 5, 9, and 12. We also covered the punyo hook disarm (standard #10) and applied it against standard strikes 1, 3, 5, 9, 10, and 12 - I left off 8 for some reason, but of course it works there too. For these different angles, the disarm sometime is perfectly viable and sometimes it's a bit "reachy" but useful to look at anyway so as to better understand the leverages and adjustments necessary and/or possible when things aren't quite right. We then worked on the single lock basics from an arm-akimbo entry, then went to single lock from armbar, then single lock from the cane-retention entry. We then covered changing the punyo-hook disarm to a punyo-hook single lock to make that connection. I really enjoy re-looking at the basics and investigating connections and adaptations and linkages.

  5. Today's arnis, 23 Apr 2017: After a great training weekend in NC, I made it back in time to do arnis in the park with a new person showing up. We started with the cane anyos, the worked on details of the first half of Anyo Isa Empty Hand, then worked on applications for some of the sequences. After that we worked on 4 Corners Sinawali and Single Sinawali. Lots of material for the new person, and lots of good work on the basics and breadth of exploration for the others.
  6. Today's arnis, 29 Apr 2017: The 3rd Annual Spring FMA Thing was a roaring success. We started just after 9am at Van Dyck Park in Fairfax, VA, and didn't leave until about 6:30pm, with almost 40 participants in total, averaging 25+ at any given time. There were 9 sessions starting first with Guro Mosi Jack (FCS Kali) covering a nice multiple person drill, with progressions, variations, and more. Guro Patrick Rogers (Combate Eskrima Orehinal) then shared a lot of great info on history and finer points of blade work, letting folks even handle and work with a wide variety of live blades from his personal collection - his drills and setups let people get a better feel for how the different blades work at different ranges, weights, and lengths. Guro Tom Saysithideth (Kombatan) worked block check counter drills with an emphasis on body mechanics both for setup and for delivery. Guro Carl Minkel (Modern Arnis and PTK) covered some basic Pekiti Tirsia drills as a setup into left-vs-right tapi-tapi and then worked up through a nice progression to teach several of the left-versus-right tapi-tapi insert as well as hand-change possibilities, and then he went on to some PT knife work. Guro John Ralston (Modern Arnis and CSSD/SC) covered a lot of good material bridging the link from stick to blade work. After lunch, Guro Roman Picardo (Modern Arnis) covered the importance of footwork and appropriate height control - important stuff to help people get more out of their movements. Guro Kibo Kim (Visayan Sovilla Eskrima Kali) came straight from another engagement and worked give-and-take pendulum flow with bladed weapons as well as his kuntaw silat empty-hand material. Guro Tye Botting then covered a set of drills to ease people into cane sparring starting with trading specific block-check-counter moves, a la 6-count drill (anim na bilang) or the box drill sumbradas, and then making it purely random - both people end up blocking checking and countering at random, then moving to a double-stick version, and also setting up some simple sparring strategies like attacking when the opponent chambers, attacking the hand, and target misdirection. Finally, the last session was simple padded-stick sparring with the opponents agreeing on targets, contact level, and other rules ahead of time - great fun for everyone. We had about 20 separate matches in about 1.5 hours at the end of the gathering. What a great way to end the event! A perfect day of FMA family sharing across the board - thanks to all who came and played!

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  7. Today's arnis, 30 Apr 2017 : Nice group of 10 folks today, back to working on the basics. We started with the 8 basic strikes, moved up through block and check, then did block check and counter (BCC), then did BCC with striking styles, first banda y banda with shove-checking, then multiple tusoks, then some also did multiple punyos, rompida, abaniko double action, multiple abanikos, taas baba, piguro de otso, multiple witiks, and then mixing the striking styles as part of each counter. From there we did empty-hand single sinawali with speed and distance pressure, then with inserting a high punch and continuing, then with catching and counter striking (palm or hammer) to behind the ear, then if they block, you catch and double trap while palming to the face with the other hand. Then we worked optional multiple palms as you switch double-trapping hands, and finally we worked the under elbow forearm knife-hook to lock up their balance and set up the takedown. Good day with some new faces and some part-time faces - thanks!

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  8. Today's arnis, 14 May 2017: Happy mother's day, and a few came out to play anyway. We warmed up with double sinawali, then taking cues from Suro Jason Inay's material from last week, we jumped right into the mirrored version, after discussing two different ways to do mirrored sinawalis (standard chamber and mirrored chamber) and two different ways to do complement sinawalis (symmetric and asymmetric). From there we worked some largo mano drills with stepping to control the distance using backhand or forehand approach and using "with" and "against" approachs. Lots of stepping for everyone. After that, we closed the distance and worked some balintawak roots of tapi-tapi, using Grouping 1 to illustrate some basics like tukas, tapi-tapi (pakgang) block, limbo, clipping, lifting and clearing, and even hubad.
  9. Today's arnis, 28 May 2017: Low-key day with a handful+ of people. We warmed up with some double-stick carrenza with people flowing from natural motions through sinawalis and more. I emphasized that how good one is at transitions between sinawalis and other double-stick motions determines how adaptable a fighter you are. I then shared a snippet of a footwork drill for closing distance that I got from my friend Burton Richardson just last week - a Muay Thai lead-leg switch to set up that kick but followed by a stepping reverse punch (e.g. starting left lead, switch, stepping reverse punch) - you cover a LOT of ground that way, a la the walking punch from Hanshi Roger Greene. Lastly, we settled in and worked the way we do balintawak groupings 1 and 4, but with Astig/Buot character (classic tukas, limbo, and pakgang in different places). I really like the offensive tukas as a neat option, similar to the offensive sablig. Once these were starting to gel, I had them start thinking about transitions between them at different places and even doing tapi-tapi inserts and flowing back and forth and across. Fun stuff!
  10. Today's arnis, 4 June 2017: warmed up with quick review of Balintawak grouping 1 and then went into largo mano attacks with fading/movement and hand counter attack and then moving back in to counter strike. We strung these exchanges together to do a largo mano type of the regular six-count sumbrada, so there was lots of movement around, back and forth, and sideways in a back and forth type of feed. We concentrated on distance management and ensuring that the incoming strike misses - the progression was attacker attacks, defender fades back at angle so that the strike misses. Then we added in the hand strike almost as an afterthought, stressing that the movement and not getting his was most important, then we did it as a 1-1 type of count (attacker comes in, defender fades while simultaneously hitting attackers cane hand, then defender becomes attacker and repeats). From there, we did six-count sumbrada in medio range being careful to definitely check well but still move to the side on #12, move leg back on old #8 (bkhand to knee), shuffle/step while blocking #3, etc. Finally, we went to corto range and cramped things up but also made sure the check was solid. We did a progression of corto options: 1) added a check-hand punch or other strike between the check and returning the next cane strike, 2) simultaneously did check-hand strike and cane strike, 3) #1 again but with knife in hand, 4) more traditional espada y daga version with block simultaneous block and poke before returning cane strike, 5) #1 done with punyo strikes that also get checked, and finally 6) doing #5 but without the standard cane strikes - so, only punyos, which amounts to basically the punyo version of six-count sumbrada. Not that on #6 obviously the targets get changed from the standard form but the angles still relate. Fun stuff. Next set of progressions would be to explore a few more options at each range, and then work up to moving from range to range in a set order and then eventually changing range at will with any of these versions.

    After all this, Rita and the kids and I headed out to Guro Jhun's place and caught the tail end of his monthly gathering and prep for the Balintawak Arnis Invasion. (great seeing some folks I hadn't seen in awhile again, too!) I shareed our version of groupings 1 and 4, and it seems it's not too different and well within the variations seen from different teachers and/different levels. We seem to have an extra step, a semi-extra pakgang block, and more obvious limbo and tukas motions, but quite blendable. Made for some interesting conversation which then led to showing groupings 2, 3, and 5, and a great discussion of similarities and emphases between Presas-based arts and Balintawak, from Modern Arnis to Kombatan to FCS Kali to influences from Balintawak, Lightning Scientific, and more. Also discussed some tapi-tapi base points and inserts and similar from FCS. I gave Daniel some ideas for tapi-tapi like entries and how to take/keep the lead (grab, poke, multiple responses, etc). Good stuff and great FMA brotherhood!
  11. Today's arnis, 11 Jun 2017: We warmed up with block-check-counter (BCC) and then jumped into how it's the same as trapping hands and how it's different. We worked on left and right trapping versus strikes from either hand (inside and outside). Then I had some folks work all kinds of different strikes and targets as the attacker, then did the same for counter attacks. For those already comfortable with this, I had the do the movement against a jab movement to push the timing and distance better, and we worked them up to following up with body counter attacks like diving throw on the outside and hip throw on the inside. Then we did trapping hands/de cadena in the give-and-take drill format, both people working it from the inside and the outside, and eventually switching at will through a variety of means (2-ct, 4-ct, cross sweep, etc). Then added the elbow such that the incoming strike is parried right into the elbow of the other hand before it controls. We also did a little of this as a bridge between empty hand single sinawali when punches are inserted. Lastly, we finished with a little handshake and schoolyard grab countering. Mostly an empty hand day - good reminder of the connections!
  12. Today's arnis, 16 Jul 2017: worked on poke defenses using simultaneous slips with live hand and cane strike to their cane hand. We worked from random poke feeds, then added normal strikes into the mix requiring block-and-check so you had to discern whether the incoming attack was a poke or a bludgeon, again using random feeds strikes 1 through 7. From there we added the counter strike, so they had to do the correct block and then the counter attack a la abecedario or tapi-tapi basics. Once we drilled those skills with random feeds and good targeting, then we went on to LvR tapi-tapi, starting with "Start" (aka #1), then Double Trap, then Infinite Traps, concentrating on good feed energy and jam/closing distance and realistic targeting so the receiver must do what you want them to. Then we did empty-hand vs. stick of the last one, then empty-hand vs empty-hand - both helped to illustrate they why's of how things are optimized to work better. Good times! Good to see some new folks join us from last week's Balintawak Arnis Invasion.
  13. Today's arnis, 23 Jul 2017: Basics, basics, basics! We started off with a basic 25-strike carrenza for warmup and flow, then we jumped into blocking and checking with both jamming and fading footwork. I emphasized that the check should be set-up to either be an uncommitted check or a controlling check (touch or grab), by virtue of being a sticky "almost grab." From there, we went on to striking styles building on the previous points, but also adding check-shoves, targeting, and moving through/around the opponent. We did banda-y-banda, pigura de otso (figure 8), rompida, and mixed pokes and punyos. The goals was at least 4 strikes with varying targets and control checks to close them off, to off-balance them, and to manage distance. From there we worked on abanico sumbrada (3, 8, 12, abaniko-12, 12). We finished up with a quick bout of trapping hands, emphasizing the opening power that goes into the counter strike off of the control. We worked to insert intercepting elbows on the first contact and then to push people to get more we added free-flow inserts of diving through (if you're on the outside) and forearm takedown (if you're on the inside). More inserts later!
  14. Today's arnis, 6 Aug 2017: We warmed up with sinawalis, working our way through a lot of single sinawali variations then moving to double sinawalis and variation, including pokes, spiral dobladas, pera-peral, three variations of LLL, three variations of HHH, and my own 12-count that blends aspects of single/double/pera-peral/spiral-doblada. From there we worked on mixed punyo-palis entries to stick-up/stick-down (also known as vertical snake, north-south, etc) vs overhead strikes, either hand and both hands. We also worked the opposite hand entries, then followed them all up with striking withdraw and finishing strike or belly-strip for cross-hand entries. Lastly we worked on the standard #6 and #7 disarms, concentrating on parries, footwork and hip motion, angles, and distance, but also talking about what is really needed versus a poke - parry is fine with simultaneous counterstrike is preferred rather than block/check/counter (BCC). We'll continue with counters to those disarms and then move on to re-reviewing the rest of the disarms and their counters (and their counters, etc - as skill and attribute development, not necessarily techniques in and of themselves).
  15. [Oops, didn't realize how far behind I'd gotten... fixing now...]
    27 August 2017: Tom's notes from the day's class:

    Warmed up with anyo isa, right hand, then left hand.

    A bunch of techniques opening from block/check/abaniko strike
    - note: the checking hand must be under the stick hand. If it's over, you can't do the abaniko

    Against a #1 attack
    1) block/check/abaniko
    2) do technique 1,then backfist punyo to neck, trap neck, and do "mobility throw" (pull down neck while pushing his arm up)
    3) do technique 1, then trap his forearm above your forearm, grip the stick with both hands, and yank down on the elbow as you step back, throwing him.
    4) do technique 1, then use your punyo against his right elbow, pulling it into a straight-arm lock
    5) same setup as 4, but slip your stick up and under, and use it to bar his elbow (grabbing stick with both hands), trapping his wrist under your armpit
    - variant: trap his forearm on top of your forearm; - works quicker and tangles you up next.
    6) same entry as 5, but go deeper with the stick, and thrust it up behind the triceps, then across the front of his throat, Lever to torque his elbow while pressing back on his throat
    7) do technique 1, drop your elbow on his forearm to collapse it, then slide your stick between his belly and his arm. Lever against his elbow to bend him forward.

    Against a #2 attack
    8) block/check/abaniko, then slip your stick so that you are wrist to wrist, with his stick pointing down and yours pointing up. Grab your stick with your left hand, thumb pointing up). This traps his wrist between your two. Drop weight and step back to apply the lock
    9) Same entry as 8, but twist his wrist to his back, run the stick behind his elbow and to his shoulder, then put him in a hammerlock
    10) same entry as 8, align your stick parallel to yours, trap his thumb between your sticks, align sticks vertically, then grab your stick with your free hand and lever him to the right.
    11) same entry as 8, chop down on forearm, trap his forearm against your body with your stick (holding it with both hands). Drop your wight and step back to throw him.

    Knife tapi-tapi
    A holds knife in reverse grip. B holds knife in "normal" grip
    B thrusts at A's belly
    A blocks right to left with blade against his forearm, then hook over and pull to right, then cover with left hand, then switch hook to other side,, then grab his knife hand with your left hand, slice right to left across neck with your knife, then stab right-to-left to neck
    B grabs the stabbing forearm to block it
    A slices B's forearm using A's own knife, then does a backfist stab to B's neck.
    B blocks the stab with his knife, slices downward, and stabs to A's belly, re-starting the sequence

    Free-form knife drills
    1) defender holds in reverse grip, attacker in normal. Attacker thrusts, defender parries.
    2) same drill as 1, but both sides use "normal" grip.

    Review of l-vs-r stick tapi-tapi
    - punyo, pass, and back into sinwali
    - punyo, backfist, and back into sinwali
    - punyo, backfist, poke ribs, and back into sinwali
    - punyo, de cadena, and back into sinwali
    - variant: start with de cadena, go into "poke ribs", then back into sinwali
  16. 3 Septempber 2017: Tom's notes again

    From now on, there will be a 9:30 session focusing on the formal Modern Arnis curriculum, before the usual 10:30 class.

    Today we covered some balintawak sequences.

    "Basic play"
    Driver throws #3, #12 vertical punch, low punyo, and #7, then back to #3

    "Basic play" in more detail
    Driver throws #3
    Passenger does tapi-tapi block & strike
    Driver blocks, then presses down on passenger's stick arm and does vertical punch to face
    Passenger does hubud block/pass/check/punch to face
    Driver pressses the punch aside and does a low punyo to groin
    Passenger checks the strike with a palm-up check, then hits elbow and head with stick
    Driver blocks the strike to head, then does a #7 poke to face
    Passenger does block/check/strike
    Driver blocks the strike, then does a #3, and the pattern repeats

    Grouping 4 variation 1:
    After the #7 poke, driver does leg hit while stepping forward, abaniko strike, and #3, then step back, pull and punch, then back into the basic play.

    Grouping 4 variation 1 in more detail:
    After the #7 poke, driver does backhand hit to passenger's leg while stepping forward, then an abaniko to passenger's right temple, then #3
    Passenger steps back and blocks the attacks, then does block/check/strike after the #3
    Driver grabs passenger and pulls forward while stepping back, then does punch to face.
    Passenger does the hubud block/pass/check/punch.
    Driver pressses the punch aside and does a low punyo to groin
    Passenger checks the strike with a palm-up check, then hits elbow and head with stick
    Driver blocks the strike to head, then does a #7 poke to face

    Grouping 4 variation 2:
    After the leg hit/abaniko/#3 sequence, do a tukas and another #3, then proceed as in variation 1.
    (Tukas = slip your checking hand inside his hand and flick/press it up and away)

    Grouping 4 variation 3:
    After the #7, do a "windshield wiper" strike to left hip, then to right hip, then another #7

    Grouping 3
    After the #7, do a #6 thrust, then a #5 thrust, then step and do a thrust in the #7 line, but using the #6 mechanics.
  17. 10 September 2017: Tom's notes again

    My notes from today's class:
    Review of material from last week
    - grouping 3 is the "6-5-7 poke" one
    - grouping 4 is the "step, hit leg, abaniko" one

    Note to self: when doing block-check-strike against an attack from the left, make sure to chamber to the left shoulder instead of under the left arm.

    Grouping 1 -- the "lift and clear" grouping
    - Starts after the #7 poke from the basic grouping, after passenger does block-check-strike
    - Driver steps back, pulls passenger stick down clockwise, and checks it from underneath with his own stick. This is called a "sayop", and there are a lot of techniques that can be done from this position.
    - passenger lifts grabbing hand loose from stick arm and does a horizontal strike to face
    - driver does a block-check-strike
    - passenger does a tukas (flick the stick aside) just enough to clear his stick, and does a horizontal strike to face
    - driver blocks, then grabs passenger's wrist with left hand and does a big counterclockwise rotation, bring his wrist to waist level
    - passenger knocks the grabbing hand loose and does a horizontal hit to ribs
    - driver does a block
    - passenger does a pressing trap of driver's hands against driver's body and does an uppercut
    - driver does a low punyo strike to abdomen, and you go back into the basic sequence.

    Grouping 1 variations are almost the same as the core, except they replace the sayop with something else
    - in variation 1, driver simply retracts arm to right shoulder, as if to throw a #1
    - in variation 2, driver chambers stick under left armpit, as if to throw a #3

    Review of a basic punyo trap
    - driver does a #7
    - passenger does block-check-strike
    - driver throws a horizontal right-to-left punyo to passenger's right ear
    - if passenger doesn't block, fight is over
    - if passenger blocks and grabs...
    - pull you grabbed hand back toward your waist. Use your left hand to lay his stick over the back of his wrist, and trap it with your punyo. Squeeze in and down to apply pressure.
    - In this sort of lock, it works best when your hands are close together, and close to your body. Think small.
  18. 17 September 2017, Tom's notes again:

    My notes for this week
    From now on, there will be 2 sections to class:
    - first, an hour that focuses on the WMAA formal curriculum
    - next, the usual hour-and-a-half of ecumenical exploration

    Section 1: WMAA class

    We will start with yellow belt material.

    Each belt has 4 sections
    1) empty-hand
    2) dumog (joint locking)
    3) forms
    4) kali (stick & knife)

    WMAA is mostly from Remy Presas, with some from Ernesto Presas.

    Yellow-belt empty-hand stuff:
    Trapping -- block/check/strike
    - the check is a non-committed grab
    - the strike can be
    - backfist
    - hammerfist
    - punch
    - knife hand
    - or whatever you feel like (elbow, eye poke, etc)
    - 4 basic variations
    - inside or outside
    - starting with a block with left or right hand
    - 2 more variations
    - pull him into your strike
    - drive into him for the strike (enter)

    - forearm is on triceps tendon, just above elbow
    - use the bony part of your forearm
    - start at the wrist and drive through as you roll the arm over, ending near the elbow
    - if you want to cause damage, hit with the elbow instead of pressing

    - instead of a hand-strike, do a kick
    - kick to either near or far knee
    - kicks used
    - front
    - round
    - side
    - back
    - side and back kicks are better for attacking the back leg, as they cover more ground

    2-wrists-grab escape - "walk away"
    - he grabs your hands from the front (right on left, left on right)
    - with your outside arm, lift his arm and step under it, and step behind him
    - scrape the inside arm against his body to scrape his grip loose
    - or you can sharply rotate your arm inward and down to knock his grip loose
    - can do this to either side
    - make sure to step through behind him before turning; otherwise, you tend to get tangled up
    - this is not a self-defense technique; it's a teaching tool to teach movement and positioning

    Shoulder grab escape
    - he grabs your shoulder (for this example, he grabs your left shoulder with his right hand
    - do a "gunting" - scissors-action strike, with your right fist hitting him in the inside biceps, and your left hand hitting his wrist, knocking it loose
    - position your left thumb on his pinkie knuckle, and grab the meat of his thumb with your fingers
    - peel his hand outward and into a kote-gaeshi wristlock (called "backwards throw" in this style)

    Shoulder grab escape into armbar
    - he grabs your shoulder (for this example, he grabs your left shoulder with his right hand
    - do a "gunting" from the opposite direction
    - right hand presses his wrist outward
    - left forearm strikes his elbow
    - exert pressure with the left elbow to put him into an armbar

    Shoulder grab escape into armbar into backward throw
    - do the "shoulder grab escape into armbar" technique above
    - if he struggles out of the armbar, hold onto his wrist with your right hand, apply a kote gaeshi (backward throw) with your left hand, and throw him down.

    That covers the first 2 sections of the yellow belt material



    review of balintawak material
    - these techniques are covered in detail in previous notes, but I'll list the techniques here
    - note: the "standard" technique is referred to as "variation 1". That is, if there's a standard technique with 2 variations, they'll be referred to as "variation 1", "variation 2" and "variation 3"

    Basic play
    - variation 1: hit arm, punch face, punyo to gut, #7
    - variation 2: after punyo, driver blocks the head strike with palm and thrusts #7
    - variation 3: driver skips the punyo and goes straight to #7

    Number 1 - lifting and clearing
    - variation 1: driver pulls passenger into a sayop (trap stick to right)
    - variation 2: driver pulls passenger, but chambers stick back to right shoulder
    - variation 3: driver pulls passenger, but chambers stick under left armpit
    - other than these different starting points, the technique is the same

    Number 2 - we haven't covered yet

    Number 3 - 6-5-7 pokes
    - variation 1 - after the #7, throw 6 and move right foot forward, then throw 5, then thrust with #6 mechanics at the #7 target while stepping through with left, then right, then do low punyo and back into the pattern
    - variation 2 - instead of stepping through on the last thrust, just do a half-step

    Number 4 - abaniko
    - variation 1 - after the #7, hit leg, he steps back, abaniko to head, #3, pull and punch, then punyo and back into the pattern
    - variation 2 - after the #3, insert a tukas and #3, then go into "pull and punch"
    - variation 3 - after the #7, hit his left hip, then hit his right hip, then #7 and into the pattern

    Section 2: the usual session
  19. 1 Oct 2017, Tom's notes again:

    My notes from today's class:
    No class next weekend; everybody's out of town.

    WMAA orange belt curriculum (continued)

    Anyo X Dalawa
    Start from standing, feet shoulder width.
    1) step forward with right foot, right high block (punching, contact with forearm bone)
    2) step back into left-leading back-stance, left in-to-out block
    3) shift into left-leading front stance, right punch
    4) right front kick, stepping forward into right-leading front stance
    5) left punch, right punch.
    6) step back into feet shoulder width stance and close form

    Striking styles
    - Rompida - vertical up-and-down strikes
    - like "paint fence" in Karate Kid
    - for upward strike, your palm is facing away from you
    - Banda y banda - side-to-side strikes
    - between strikes, check with the alive hand

    Stick disarms
    - "lever disarm" - standard #1 disarm
    - he hits with #1
    - block the hit and grab the stick
    - rotate the stick away from you as you punch your stick through to disarm

    - "punyo rip disarm"
    - can be done against any strike
    - he must have a good bit of punyo showing for this to work
    - after blocking and checking, grab the punyo and rip it toward you to yank the stick out of his hand

    Knife (daga) disarms
    - "daga crossada"
    - gunting movement - your outside hand redirects his arm away, while your inside hand strikes the inside of his wrist sharply. Should knock the knife loose. Follow up with right hammerfist.

    - top-wrist disarm (not sure of the name) (this was showed in the non-WMAA portion of the class)
    - he stabs, you turn your body and hit the inside of his arm sharply with the top of your wrist. Should knock the knife loose. Also moves your body out of the path of the knife.

    Palis-palis (following) - he throws a strike. You block it, then redirect it so that it continues moving in the same line
    - Prof. Presas would skip the block, and simply redirect and follow. This demands a lot of skill, though.
    - the idea - use his forward momentum against him
    - can redirect with punyo, alive hand, or stick
    - when you pass a forehand strike through, you can move straight into an armbar
    - use the bony part of your forearm against his triceps tendon

    - "Sinwali 10"
    - 10 counts
    - simply the "4 corners" sinwali, followed by the 3-count "advanced single sinwali" (hi/lo/hi backhand)
    - so it's
    1) right high
    2) left high
    3) right low
    4) left low
    5) right high
    6) right low
    7) right high backhand
    8) left high
    9) left low
    10) left high backhand

    - Single sinwali with ground tap
    - 6 counts
    1) right high
    2) right tap ground
    3) right low
    4) left high
    5) left tap ground
    6) left low
    - reason
    1) could use the tap to flick dirt or sand in the attacker's face
    2) simulates a very committed attack with a heavy weapon, that swings through to the ground
    - shows how to recover


    did the "top wrist strike" knife disarm discussed above


    - partner holds sticks out horizontally to use as targets
    - hit with r/l/r against left target, all in the same line, then hit l/r/l against right target, all in same line
    Redonda popovers
    - popover 1: hit left target with r/l, hit right target with r, then hit left target with r,
    - so, it's r/l/r-r then l/r/l-l
    - popover 2: do r/l/r on left target, then hit right target with r, then left target with r
    - so it's r/l/r-r-r, then l/r/l-l-l

    Sinwali 4
    - right high, right low, left low, right high, then do same on left
    - it's like double sinwali, but with a single sinwali hi/lo for the first hit

    Single-hand sinwali 4
    - same hits, but with 1 stick.
    - first 2 hits are like single sinwali
    - hit through on second hit, then reverse direction to hit the low third hit
    - continue through to hit the 4th (high) hit
    - it's a lot like single sinwali, except you hit hi/lo, then reverse direction and hit lo/hi

    Switching-hand sinwali 4
    - like single-hand sinwali 4, but you switch sticks each time your partner switches sides.

    Mirror drills - from Inayan eskrima (Mike Inay)
    "Wrong mirror" sinwali 4
    - if he's chambered right, you also chamber right
    - use the same-side limb to block his hits. That is, if he hits with his left hand, you block with your right, and vice versa

    "Right mirror" sinwali 4
    - if he's chambered right, you chamber left

    High redonda vs heaven 6
    - the difference is that, in high redonda, all 3 cuts are in the same line, but in heaven 6, the third cut is in the other line
    - so, high redonda would be 3 hits to left temple, then 3 to right temple
    - but heaven 6 would be 2 to left temple, then 1 to right, then 2 to right, then 1 to left.

    Peral-peral ("cowboy sinwali")
    - high hit with right hand
    - low hit with left hand
    - bring right arm around head and hit high with right in same line as the first strike
    - repeat on opposite side
    - Can also do all 3 hits high
  20. Today's Arnis in the park, 22 Oct 2017: Today's arnis in the park: Nice time training today. After a bit of reviewing some details on standing armbar, outside wrist lock, and punyo strip disarm, we started the curriculum section working on empty hand striking and locks, from sinawali boxing with offensive trapping, defensive trapping, elbow shields, and heaven sinawali application, to single lock, cross-hand center lock, and same-side centerlock. For the workshop portion, we worked on knife poking with body shifting same-side back-of-wrist parrying, trapping, and locking/disarm, with timing challenges as the poker traps and withdraws while all that stuff is happening and then pokes again, giving another opportunity to shift, parry, trap, and lock, and on and on. It's the 5,6,7 poking drill, but taking time to emphasize and work all the details. After that, it's been awhile since we worked on some basic balintawak groupings, so we reviewed basic play, grouping 4, and grouping 1 with variations. We'll remind grouping 3 next time. Our friend Master Jhun dropped by after playing basketball and worked as feeder and follower and also gave us lots more to think about for these basics, like head movement and working details as feeder like allowing control/targeting and using single stick blocking, stick-and-hand blocking, hand blocking, and accepting/grabbing/controlling. And now I have grouping 2 back on track to work again - thanks, brother Jhun! Great to see you and your lovely family as always - the girls are already growing up fast!

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