NoVA Arnis in the Park

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  1. Today's arnis 29 Oct 2017:
    Today's arnis in the park: for the curriculum walk-through, we finished up blue belt joint work (dumog) with standing center lock, both kinds of center lock, and single lock, and then we worked on the blue belt eskrima section with daga peel, single sinawali with ground tap, super sinawali, figure 8s (upwards and downwards) as striking styles, and snake disarm against all angles of attack. For the regular workshop portion, we did one last review of the balintawak groupings 1, 3, and 4, with some of us working on grouping 2 now too. We also worked several inserts where tapi-tapi fits in and vice versa. We discussed some of the differences even between balintawak flavors and implications as well. We did some work on clipping and how to apply it as well as soyup. Next week back to more modern arnis after the morning curriculum section.
  2. Today's arnis, 5 Nov 2017: Fun day in the rain. For the curriculum review, we finished up walking through the blue belt stick work with palis-palis and with basic starter drills for RvR tapi tapi (parts of what used to be called cane semi sparring): striking pattern, entries (2), butting (3), and exits (2). We started on green belt material with focus mitt additions to sinawali boxing drill and then backfist destruction. For the regular workshop portion, we did some basic concepts for grab releases up/down/in/out/R/L/cntr-clockwise/clockwise/twist/fulcrum (and tweaks and combinations) and how to turn those into locks with simple traps and correct angle management. Then we went on to some inserts for cane retention releases then worked on an old RvR drill from the '90's (#3, pakgang block and underhand sablig to #2, jam-block, trap-n-center, #7 poke, bump-down the centerlock while bringing tip up and twisting to block the #7, then feed your own #3 and repeat), including to a fast, alive-stick version, and and a moving non-imobilized portions when grabbed. Still much more cane retention to work, as well as more advanced tapi-tapi.
  3. Today's arnis, 19 Nov 2017: Started right into modern arnis purple belt review with empty-hand work: sinawali pad drill (turning 1st four moves of double sinawali into pad feeds and then cross-hook-cross) using 4 different variations (duck-and-weave on #4, shield on #4, backfist destruction on #1 then duck-and-weave on #4, then shield on #4 and hook-cross-hook . From there, we went to sinawali boxing with pad drills: crossada and double-feed. We also went over WMAA's Baston Anyo Isa, with two detail updates. For the regular workshop section we worked on a 10-count espada-y-daga contrada that Tuhon Guro Jack Latorre shared the prior weekend (thanks sir!), working it free-standing, mirrored 2 people against each other, and finally as a standalone series with the opponent blocking or dodging. The group really liked both these and the pad drills. Lastly, we went over dulo-dulo work with guntings (both closing and opening) and backfist destruction - four variations of each case, and also done with either hand and against either hand. Fun day in the semi-cold wind!
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  4. Today's arnis, 26 Nov 2017: We started off with a review of the empty-hand curriculum for purple belt, reviewing focus--pad sinawali boxing drill with crossada, then focus-pad sinawali boxing double feeds with single and dos manos shields and CHC (cross hook cross) and HCH variations.

    Then we went on to hubad, linear (inside) and angular (outside) with some emphasis on timing the last half so as to eliminate the windup and force them to block correclty.

    Then we went on to empty-hand applications for heaven 6, starting by connecting doble baston heaven 6 sinawali, to single baston BCC (block check counter), to trapping hands. That led to the three variations required: normal trapping hands but finishing with hammer fist; trapping hands against a jab-cross inside variation (parry jab, other hand parry cross and simultaneous close to upward elbow and hammer fist with the jab-parrying hand); and trapping hands vs jab-cross, outside variation (parry jab, other hand parrying under and across to pull and grab while jab-parrying hand does hammer fist, and finish with other side upward elbow and hammer fist - then I added a nice floating ribs hook with the jab-parrying hand).

    From there we worked the figure 4 lock from an armbar that's not working (resistance, bad positioning, etc): fold their elbow (down or pull or both) while pressing wrist towards them and motion like elbowing their face (or can actually do) while using your wrist contact to bend the wrist and continuing to control their elbow up over your bicep, then lock. Or can step your non-wrist holding side back and twist hips to do the throw.

    For the last bit of purple belt material, we worked the basic finger lock flow set from a cross wrist grab (handshake grab): 2-finger lock, 1-finger lock, standing center lock, pull-through, and repeat. Description: 2-finger lock: step other side forward and outward and raise hand to set up that side hand's two finger (pinky and ring) lock upwards and away from them, then other hand hook tip of their forefinger (also works on thumb or middle finger) in your thumb web while using last three fingers as the fulcrum against the back of their wrist and you twist and point down to the bug on the ground to do the 1-finger lock. Then rotate their forefinger down and in to make their elbow go up, reach other hand across the back of their hand to go for standing center lock. Then, pull them through and slightly shift your grip as they pass to take advantage and go into 2-finger lock, again upwards and outwards from them. Variations include wing lock from 2-finger lock (just pull their elbow in over yours and compress), 2-finger choke from standing center lock (as you pull them in you shoot your inner arm across their throat still keeping the standing center lock type lock and choke and steal their balance, drop throw from standing center lock (you move the lock past and down their ear on the same side to drop them in place - there are some fine points of timing, balance, and angle that have to play together here, but they're all easily sensed once you get used to it).

    Lastly, we reviewed the Pekiti Tirsia contrada from last week, going over timing, placement, alternate uses depending on what is where when (did you strike, did they block or move, did you block or attack their attack, etc), both in the air and 2-person. It's smoothing out a bit, but we'll need more work of course. Might have to pick up some more contradas from Tuhon Jack Latorre when I see him next - the group really liked the flow and movement.
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  5. Today's arnis, 3 Dec 2017: Along with 4 regulars, it was nice to see a new face today as well as an old friend who's usually not available on Sundays. Continuing on with the purple belt material, we covered the forearm strip disarm against all the basic strike angles, from optimal (A) to good second (B) to not recommended (C) to don't even try it (D). Most forehand strikes and the straight poke work well enough, but most backhand are either a stretch or just don't do it. We worked some Palis-palis finishes including the gooseneck and the neck scissors, again trying against all the basic angles. We reviewed double sinawali for a bit (and added several 2-vs-1 variations for some). Then we worked RvR tapi-tapi palis entries (backhand and forehand) and made sure to stress the real pressure and targeting required to make it more than simply going through the motions, and some insertions. Then we worked the cross-arm lock sequence of 4 locks, stressing the traps against the back of the wrist, the "3rd hand," transition angles, punch and cane strike insertions. After that, we reviewed last week's focus mitt material: sinawali pad drills andsinawali boxing using crossada and double feed. Then we did a quick review of the 1-2 drill (also called empty-hand tapi-tapi, or 3-2-3, etc), with some reminder of sneaking locks in on every contact. Good day!
  6. Today's arnis, 17 Dec 2017: I wasn't feeling well today, so we kept it simple, working on reviewing Balintawak's grouping 4 aknd the three variations. We also made sure to review basic play and an alternate entry to the 3rd variation of grouping 4 (pakgang block and sablig done versus the backhand strike to the head that the defender does after stopping the low strike and simultaneously destroying the elbow as part of basic play). All this was to set up 3 hand-offs to work groupings in a give-and-take manner wherein the driver gives clues for the defender to take the lead and drive by not stepping to add pressure and not clipping the hand on the first #12 strike/punch in Basic Play. these latter are the 3 hand-off variations at the end of Tom's notes for this day in the Arnis Exploration Facebook group. This way it trains opportunistic sensitivities, but if the defender doesn't take the lead then the driver just keeps driving and working on whatever they want - it's up to the defender to be aware and adapt to the opportunity.
  7. Today's arnis, 14 Jan 2018: 14 degrees, schmorteen degrees! Some stalwarts made it out on a fine day for today‚Äôs Arnis. For the curriculum work we went over brown belt Mano-Mano work with siko-tuhod, siko destructions, and ankle destruction. Footwork, targeting, and linking elbow and hammer fist follow ups were some of the emphases. We also went over brown belt dumpy with diving throw, rotary throw, and spinning backward throw, working these off the earlier Mano-mano stuff. After that, we did a quick review of Balintawak basic play and 3 variations of grouping 4. [​IMG]
  8. Today's arnis, 22 Jan 2018: We continued with brown belt material review, starting with Baston Anyo Dalawa (also done with blade, Itak Anyo Dalawa), then we worked on astig angles of attack and astig abecedario, and then palis-palis wrist scissors, and palis-palis slashing armbar. We emphasized footwork and balance control to ensure minimization of holes for counters. After that we reviewed balintawak basics with basic play, grouping 4, and grouping 1. We finished with slap-off drill vs a blocked forehand but emphasizing the pre-emptive timing and corresponding arm tie-up _before_ they fully grab, as well as if they fully grab working on body control and target path to ensure a proper finish.
  9. Today's arnis, 28 Jan, 2018: Rainy day fun in the park. We started with baston anyo dalawa to get the juices flowing and work on some details. Then we worked on a flow series taken from the Professor's motions and adding some elements from GM Rodel Dagooc's pilantik spin and from GM Nicomedes Elizar's 8-count power striking. From there we went into sumbradas, emphasizing timing so that the attacker simultaneously strikes when their checking hand contacts/controls the strike they're reacting to - putting "mean-ness" in to challenge timing and reaction by making it hard for the defender rather than making it easy or just going through the motions. We worked regular 6-count sumbrada, then the sungkiti sumbrada (10 count), and the "abaniko" sumbrada (another 10 count). We also worked on the transition opportunities from the roof block (you can either do #3 or drop to #12 (a pseudo abaniko) and from the drop block (you can raise up to do #12 or poke #5 - note that the raise up to #12 has a builti-in upward poke opportunity, too). We ended by briefly reviewing the long flow series and working a quick drill to make your forehand harada work better:

    Harada drill:
    #2, immediate drop/roll on contact to harada, #2 with follow through, then mirror on other side with
    #1, immediate drop/roll on contact to harada, #1 with follow through

    Long flow series:
    #8 with follow through as a spin to
    flat #2
    drop to whole-body #1
    flow to low/midline abaniko double action (flip to top of hand, recoil and backhand slash up, spin to upward rip/sungkiti)
    strike straight down and again with duplete spin
    upward diagonal sungkiti to L shoulder
    flat #2
    drop/roll to harada
    flat #2 and again with duplete spin
    pilantik (2 high flat abanikos, one to each temple)
    drop/roll to harada
    #2 with follow through to R shoulder
    whole-body #2
    drop/roll to harada
    whole-body #2 diagonal down
    slash strike diagonal up to L shoulder
    pilantik (2 high flat abanikos, one to each temple)
    peral (flow around head) to #1 with follow through
    #2 with follow through
    drop/roll to forehand harada
    flat #1 and again with duplete spin
    pilantik (2 high flat abanikos, one to each temple - opposite order than the previous times)
    drop/roll to forehand harada
    #1 finish
  10. Today's arnis, 18 Feb 2018: Easy day in the post-snow aftermelt from yesterday. We started with some kung fu review until others showed up and then jumped into the cane anyos, focusing on footwork and clearing the path for the weapon and how that affects the forms. We did them that way for both the original set and the WMAA set that adds some additional moves on some of the followthroughs - the path's the same. After that, we reviewed some LvR tapi-tapi, concentrating on the abaniko insert (sometimes called #2) but focusing on the advanced (original) way of doing it with a hard slap straight into the abaniko strike instead of helping the defender to put his stick in the correct blocking position. We then made the link between this and the old bonk-head insert that I've not seen others do (might be something he only showed in Texas to a few of us) - nothing special, but there is a neat connection between the abaniko and the bonk-head series that made some lights go on. After that we focused on parrying with the live hand instead of the cane versus pokes only - the point being that one should be simultaneously attacking the hand or elsewhere while not getting hit with the poke (versus a cane, no need to commit your own cane).

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