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
    repeat

    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
    #1
    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).
     
  11. Today's arnis, more detail thanks to Tom Valesky's notes:

    3/11/18 class notes

    WMAA CURRICULUM

    9 Thrusting angles - knife
    1) #5 thrust, then turn blade and cut horizontally to right
    2) #6 thrust, then turn blade to lower left and cut diagonally down
    3) #7 thrust, then turn blade to lower right and cut diagonally down
    4) #10 thrust to left side of neck, then turn blade to lower left and cut diagonally down
    5) #11 thrust to right side of neck, then turn blade to lower right and cut diagonally down.
    6) straight down thrust in #12 line, then turn blade tip-up and cut down the body midline
    7) straight up thrust to abdomen, then turn blade to right and cut horizontally to right
    8) stab straight back over right shoulder, reinforcing with free hand
    9) stab straight back over left shoulder, reinforcing with free hand

    Thrusts 1, 2, and 3 are straight. 4 and 5 can be straight or hooking

    Aside on terminology of blocks
    - there are 2 overhead blocks, one with the stick pointing to left (in right hand), and one pointing to right
    - the one where it's pointing to left is called a "roof block"
    - the one where it's pointing to right is called a "shield block"
    - both of them can be called either "umbrella" or "kasiligong" blocks

    3 sumbradas
    - 3-8-12
    - he throws a 3
    - I block/check and throw an 8
    - he block/checks and throws a 12
    - I block/check (roof block) and throw a 3
    - he block/checks and throws an 8
    - I block/check and throw a 12
    - he block/checks (roof block) and throws a 3, and we are back at the start

    - 3-8-5-12-12
    - he throws a 3
    - I block/check and throw an 8
    - he block/checks and throws a 5
    - I block/check and throw a 12
    - he block/checks and throws a 12
    - I block/check (roof block) and throw a 3
    - he block/checks and throws an 8
    - I block/check and throws a 5
    - he block/checks and throw a 12
    - I block/check (shield block) and throw a 12
    - he block/checks and throws a 3, and we are back at the start

    - 3-8-12-abaniko 12-12
    - he throws a 3
    - I block/check and throw an 8
    - he block/checks and throws a 12
    - I block/check (roof block) and throw an abaniko 12
    - he block/checks and throws a 12
    - I block/check (roof block) and throw a 3
    - he block/checks and throws an 8
    - I block/check and throw a 12
    - he block/check and throw an abaniko 12
    - I block/check (shield block) and throw a 12
    - he block/checks and throws a 3, and we are back at the start

    Tricks for sumbrada
    - insert a hit with the alive hand on the half-beat
    - insert a hit with the stick on the half-beat
    - left vs. right
    - left vs. left
    - for left hand, you attack the same targets, just using the left hand
    - that is, for the #3 hit, hit his left ribs with a backhand
    - think of the target, rather than the hitting technique
    - that is, don't throw a left-handed #3; hit the spot a right-handed #3 would hit

    END WMAA CURRICULUM

    Review of balintawak
    - basic play - 3 variations
    - abaniko (#4) - 3 variations
    - lifting and clearing (#1) - 3 variations

    X sinawali
    - basic form is:
    - right high forehand
    - left high forehand
    - right low backhand
    - left low backhand
    - that is, it's the same hits as in single sinawali, just in different order
    - can switch up the height of the strikes (hi-hi-hi-hi, hi-hi-hi-lo, etc), but it's always
    forehand-forehand-backhand-backhand

    Abaniko sinawali
    - starts with arms crossed in front, right over left
    - right hi-lo abaniko
    - left hi-lo abaniko
    - right hi-hi abaniko
    - 3 hits to his left knee (left, right, left all in same line)
    - arnis pose, right stick low
    - left hi hit and cross arms
    - repeat on left side
    - summary mnemonic: hi-lo, hi-lo, hi-hi, 1-2-3, pose, cross

    Difference between heaven 6 and redonda: in redonda, all 3 hits are done in the same line, on the same side. For heaven 6, 2 hits are on 1 side, and the third is on the other.

    Popovers and popunders
    - done as part of a partner drill where one partner holds their sticks out horizontally as targets, and the other hits the sticks
    - popover - after you do the normal hits, do an abaniko-style hit on the opposite stick
    - popunder - same idea, but hit the stick from underneath
    - can add these to any striking pattern you like

    Empty hand drill
    - he throws a right hook
    - I block/check/backfist
    - he blocks the backfist, presses my arms down together, and throws an uppercut
    - I turn my hips and use my trapped arms to redirect the uppercut, then press down with my left and throw a right hook.
    - At this point, he does a block/check/backfist, and we've switched roles.

    Dagooc's stick spin - 8 hits
    1) right backfist
    2) right harada
    3+4) right doplete (2 hits in same line -- left to right horizontal)
    5+6) right pilantik (abaniko-like strike to left temple, then right temple)
    7) right harada)
    8) right-to-left strike, ending behind right shoulder
    (can repeat the pattern on the right side for a 16-count drill if desired
     
  12. Today's arnis, 25 March 2018: I was tired today and wanted to work some new Astig Balintawak stuff, so that's all we did. We started with a review of Grouping 1, lifting and clearing, then added another variation from Nickelstick Balintawak (pass their cane low, then come back up, they clear and strike #1, we block, they pull tip down and #1 again, we duck and #12, they hubud, we go right back to basic play). We then worked on some fun applications of clipping, sa-sa, and sablig as the passenger to throw things for a loop. Clipping and sa-sa was versus an incoming poke high and to our right, then pass with clipping, shock stick, sa-sa, and then shove and feed #3. Sablig was versus their cane up block after we lift. We then reviewed the 4 standard sabligs from Astig: low and high, then modified, then vs backhand. Then I added the "outside sablig" that Remy used from another drill and compared and contrasted it with the standard forehand high sablig. We then started work on our version of Grouping 5, punching - we did the first 3 variations and then another from Nickelstick Balintawak (hi punch then low punch before the right arm pass). We finished by reviewing the clipping+sa-sa and sablig breakouts and showed how to use the sablig straight from #3 feed and pakgang block. It as a Balintawak-y day, but some good connections with Modern Arnis snuck in throughout as well.
     
  13. Today's arnis, 8 Apr 2018: Working more of our take on Balintawak groupings again - after reviewing what we did with Grouping 5 first few variations, we covered a double-punch variation from Nicklestick, and then we finished up the 4th and 5th variations. We explored the links between these and Modern Arnis Tapi-Tapi, including cross-overs and breakouts as well as where Tapi-Tapi amounts to skipping some steps. We also reviewed the clipping plus sa-sa lead change, the offensive sablig lead change (adding on an opportunity for a #12 punyo or a pre-emptive trap before that if they attempt to block with their free hand), and a Tapi-Tapi lead change just for fun. We worked a little bit more on the concept of parrying a poke with the hand while at the same time hitting the opponent's stick hand, and how to work that into training either Balintawak or Tapi-Tapi. As we get more solid on the Astig version of the groupings, we'll move back more into Modern Arnis proper, probably first by starting to sneak more and more Tapi-Tapi into various places and then reviewing all of that RvR material, breaking things up with basics like striking styles, pad drills, disarms, sinawalis, pressure drills, etc. The year is shaping up nicely!
     
  14. Today's arnis, 15 Apr 2017: We started off by going back to the review period before the workshop portion. Back to the beginning, we reviewed Baston Anyos 1 through 4, with the modified footwork and dupletes. Then we reviewed all the variations of single sinawali: single sinawali, single sinawali with one side mirroring, combination single sinawali (i.e. done from closed or side position, like double sinawalis start), advanced single (3-count), one arm (or 4-count going on an indeterminate time), with poke insertions, and scissoring/crossada on every count from combination sinawali. We also reviewed four corners sinawali (like cob-cob but without the middle pair of strikes). The 8 basic angles of attack were done, and with block-check-counter (BCC). And we kept doing that working through the modern arnis striking styles: banda-y-banda, rompida, taas-baba (up-down), piguro do otso (upward figure 8), ocho-ocho (downward figure 8), tusok (suk-suk, or pokes) [done espada y daga style], punyo [also done espada y daga style]. We left off abaniko and abaniko double action - next time! We briefly reviewed the daga wrist shock, reminding it as a basic intro to positioning and the way this type of disarm works in general. We discussed the 3 methodologies for striking: at, in, and through. Also the 3 methodologies for blocking: unbraced, braced, and dos manos. And also the 3 classes of defensive measures: evade, block, and disarm.

    After that, we worked on programming our live hands to be the ones to parry an incoming poke vice the more basic BCC - why power an incoming poke with your own cane and thus take it out of play for a second? The live hand can almost gently make the poke miss while the cane can strike hand or other targets. So we worked that by parrying pokes with the hand and simultaneously striking their cane hand or other targets. After that we worked clipping the incoming poke - as part of the parry, the live hand wraps around a bit (but does NOT grab) to control the stick - we tested this by then striking the clipped cane with our own cane to be sure it was restricted in that direction.

    After drilling this, we then drilled sliding down to hit the hand or knuckles (s'sa). We then did this is a give-and-take drill: A pokes #7, B clips then s'sa then live-hand press that hand into A and strike his own #7, and repeat with roles reversed. Take the lead via clipping and s'sa and feeding so the other can work the same thing and put in the reps.

    We then added a couple moves: A pokes #7, B clips then s'sa then live-hand press that hand into A and strike #3, A does BCC, B does tapi-tapi block then s'sa across knuckles and feeds #7, and repeat with roles reversed. All told, this is taking the lead from #7 and do two s'sa motions and feed #7 so they can do the same.

    We added and alteration with three total taking of the lead like so: A feeds #7, B clips then s'sa then live-hand press that hand into A and strike #3, A does BCC, B does tapi-tapi block, NOW A does an offensive sablig followed by a #1 strike then steps in (or back) to feed #12 punching cane-strike, B passes and feeds #7, and repeat with roles reversed. All told this is a steal the lead from #7 then steal the lead from tapi-tapi block then steal the lead from #12 punching cane-strike and feed #7 so they can do the same. Nice way to work in 3 lead-takings for fun.

    After that, we reviewed our versions of the Balintawak grouping #4 (2 variations plus 1 for the "pockets"), grouping #1 (3 variations plus one from Nickelstick), and grouping #5 (5 variations plus one from Nickelstick). Grouping #5 we spent some time working some of the pressures, particularly emphasizing what the lead is doing to get the correct motions from the passenger/student after they deal with the initial punch from the first 3 variations.

    All in all, a very productive day - kudos to all who showed up in the strange, warm-at-first-but-then-cold-and-almost-rainy day.
     
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  15. Today's arnis, 22 April 2018: We worked all the sinawalis up through the WMAA curriculum and plus many extras:

    Single sinawali and variations: single, advanced single (3-ct), mirrored, single-stick vs double, 4 corners, combination single sinawali, single sinawali with grount-tap, single sinawali w/ hit-spin, 10 ct sinawali, super sinawali (26 beats total)
    Double sinawali and variations: double, heaven 6, low 6, reverse, earth (reverse redonda), pera-peral, sinawali 4, sinawali 8
    X sinawali and variations: HHLL, HHHH, HLHL, and more
    Abanico Sinawali (11 counts per side)

    Joint locks/Dumog up through the middle ranks

    Basic pad drills starting with the feeds for cross-hook-cross (CHC) (right-left-right), then we used one half of double sinawali plus a L hook as pad feeds in front of CHC with several variations. (1) shield high, shield low, shield high, duck, CHC, (2) shield high, shield low, hook, shield high & drop pull with same hand, otherhand shove, CHC, (3) backfist destruction then finish with either 1 or 2 starting with low shield, (4) like 2 but substitute for the fourth count this: shield high & drop pull with same hand while other elbow to their bicep then immediately hammerfist, then CHC.

    Reviewed the 4 sabligs: high, low, modified, backhand
    Added Remy's move that I call "outside sablig" and discussed the differences, good and bad
    Also covered sablig one both as attacker or defender, i.e. offensive and defensive
    Great session today on a beautiful day!
     
  16. Today's arnis, 6 May 2018: We started off with a much-needed review of Astig Balitawak declaws and template combinations. From there we went to the RvR tapi-tapi like drill that Professor shared with us in TX back in the day, along with my "stick is alive" adaptation and some work on variations, inserts, and opportunistic adjustments. Letting our brains rest for a bit, we backed off and did Abecedario basic tapi-tapi feeding strikes 1 through 12 making sure to keep forward pressure on and how to keep or take or give the lead. Remaining on basic tapi-tapi work, we covered the punch entry that too many people do as a hooking punch vs a linear punch and several disarms (e.g. punyo-rip, and your cane as a fulcrum as you push down through the center lock you guided them into). Then we worked the classic/basic rolling backhand punyo and rolling #12 punyo flow, with several inserts each - eventually working those in at random without warning. For the rolling punyos, we did the punyo rip-roll, guided their cane and punyo'd the cane-hand, and rolling hand-change. For the rolling #12 punyos, we guided to cane single lock, punyo rip-roll, and parry and #7 poke. For the last, we did the clip-s'sa-n- drive. After that we put our thinking cap back on and worked the RvR locks - these are if-and-only-if our intended strike gets blocked/trapped/grabbed. We did at least 4 punyos, 2 pokes, and 2 live-hand strikes (punch, palm, etc), plus exploring some other options. We'll rework some of this next time to make sure it's more solid. I think we'll also work the TX RvR tapi-tapi like drill some more; there are TONS of opportunities in there!
     
    Last edited: May 6, 2018
  17. Today's arnis: Lots of work based on what we worked on last weekend at the annual WMAA World Camp in Buffalo, NY. We started off with the most basic version of the single-stick Cavada drill, and then used that to trade with regular high-punyo hubad, with folks changing at will - basic but random adaptation, for sensitivity, timing, and opportunity. From there we worked on 3 standard empty-hand hubad feeds: (1) high punyo (angular), (2) straight punch, and (3) low feeds. Then switching between those at will. Then we worked on three simple hand/side changes:
    (1) feeder drop/pulldown on first block, then feed other side
    (2) blocker changes by feeding backhand strike in place of first elbow control then elbow-control escort then feed other side
    (3) blocker changes by rolling elbow of blocking arm down to other-hand control and blocking-hand backhand feed, elbow-control escort then feed other side (elbow palis roll)

    Then we worked on some basic Necopa Balintawak concepts and inserts from last week's work with Master Rino in Buffalo:
    (1) if you want the live hand, feed a punyo
    (2) "spring" simultaneous action
    (3) manage/clip to the hip (or chest, we'll do next week) so they can't spring or counter
    (4) step on toes
    (5) shifting weight; forward on attack, backwards on defend

    We worked these within the following simple inserts (1,2,4,5 are Necopa, 3 is classic Remy):
    (1) feed #1 or forehand poke, they block-check-strike (BCC), we tapi-tapi block (pakgang) and step on their R foot, we open their cane managing to our L hip and simultaneously feed our punyo to the side of their head, they live-hand block, we spring with simultaneous pop to their blocking hand and abaniko/witik eye (shoulder for safety), spring again back with live hand to their cane hand and #1 strike to head
    (2) feed #1, they BCC, we pakgang and step on their R foot, we close their cane to our R hip simultaneous w/ feed punyo to side of their head, they block, we spring-pop hand to hand and abaniko/witik to eye (shldr), then spring to gunting power strike finish #1
    (3) feed #1, they BCC ,we pakgang and step on their right foot, we close their cane to our R hip simult. feed punyo to head, they block, we push their cane to disarm across their own live hand wrist and roll our punyo grab across their cane wrist and pressure to live hand
    (4) feed #1, they BCC, we pakgang and step on their R foot, we open their cane and manage to our L hip and strike low punyo to hip or floating ribs while we keep managing their cane hand across towards our R hip, they block, we snake-reach through to grab their blocking wrist, now they are tied up and we #1 finishing strike
    (5) feed backhand poke or #2, they BCC, we pakgang and step on their right foot then curl around our cane to control their cane to our L hip while we simult backhand punyo their face, they block (if they grab, we poll-cue our cane to their eye and finish), we spring-pop to hand w/ simult abaniko/witik to eye (shldr), then spring to gunting power strike finish #1

    Lots of good material and supported by principle-based exploration. Good stuff!
     
  18. Today's arnis: It was just Guro John and I, so in between some kung fu practice we worked on some more of the Necopa Balintawak from Master Rino at the recent WMAA World Camp, plus some of our own variations (marked with {} below). After reviewing last week's sequences, we went over these (note pakgang is like tapi-tapi block):

    Feed backhand poke (our #7, their #6), they block-check-counterstrike (BCC), we pakgang block while stepping on their R toe then reverse-curl to clip to R chest while feeding #2 punyo, they block/catch so we reach/grab their hand/wrist to cross-arm trap and finish strike to head/face. (If they grab instead of block/catching our #2 punyo we just loosen our grip to pool cue strike their eye and finish). I'll call this "Tie-up smash"

    {Tye's open version of above}: Feed forehand strike, they BCC, we pakgang stepping on R toe and clip to our R chest while feeding #2 punyo, they block/catch so we reach/grab their hand/wrist to cross-arm trap and finish strike to head/face.

    Live hand feed version of Tie-Up Smash: Feed backhand poke, they BCC, we pakgang while stepping R toe and punyo roll over-out-down into pseudo-suyup to punyo clip their cane to L hip while at the same time live hand backhand hammer or knife hand to face, they block, we roll and grab/pull into #2 cane strike to face. Fun! (Also, instead of pseudo-suyup, we can also simply reverse curl around our cane to punyo clip their cane to L hip)

    {Tye's open version of the live hand feed above}: Feed forehand strike, they BCC, we pakgang while stepping R toe and roll our punyo over the cane to clip to our R hip while feeding live hand backhand hammer or knife hand to face, they block, we poke up through throat. Done! [[this is dangerous to practice at speed; be careful!]]

    Feed forehand strike, they BCC, we pakgang while stepping R toe and clip to L hip while feeding #1 punyo, they block, we punyo pulldown and feed #1 again while snaking live hand, they block, we punyo pulldown and overhand punch with our live hand disarming them, then finish #1 strike. "Wax On"

    Can do empty hand version of Wax On ending: They attack #2 against us without canes, we double intercept/jam, then snake left while feeding right overhead punch, they block, we pull right down and left overhand punch disarming them and finish.

    Feed forehand strike, they BCC, we pakgang and immediately abaniko down on top of their upper arm/bicep while clipping open (L hip) or closed (R chest), dos manos shove and then #2, then walking #1 strike to finish. "Classic Remy"

    Working these, we came up with some more principles to add to principles listed last time:
    - to get their live hand, we can also feed our live hand (but beware)
    - for modifications/variations exploration, if clipping high or low gets in the way, switch it up (low or high)

    Along the way, we also worked from Buot/Astig Balintawak the counter to a hanging elbow block that sometimes came up if we were too loose or bad timing on the Tie-Up Smash variations. This counter moves their stick across and down so that we can "grab" over it with our live hand elbow without releasing our control.
     
  19. Today's arnis in the park, but without Tye since I was at the Summer Stick Slam in Jacksonville, Fl. Guro Paulson and the gang covered:

    Review;
    - double sinwali
    - heaven 6
    - low 6
    - reverse
    - 3/8/12
    - 3/8/5/12/12

    L vs R tapi tapi
    - "given"
    - the first one
    - "poke ribs"
    - de cadena
    - de cadena practice drill:
    - he feeds you a #12 punyo
    - catch it on the stick and pass it from left to right
    - punyo to his face
    - he blocks and does a punyo to face
    - pass the punyo up and to the left
    - he does a punyo to the face
    - catch it on the stick and pass it left to right
    - and so on, alternating between left-to-right and right-to-left passes
    - traps
    - abaniko
    - move his stick hand and hit his stick with the abaniko
    - clearing
    - feed punyo
    - he parries and throws a punyo
    - parry to left, grip his stick, and punyo to his right ear
    - he blocks & grabs
    - using his stick, clear to right and punyo to left ear
    - he blocks & grabs
    - using his stick, clear the grab and do "elbow over the arms" trap from "traps"
    - press down stick and punyo to his left ear
    - he blocks
    - do back-of-hand punyo trap
    - come up under and feed back into sinwali

    R vs R tapi tapi
    - enter with a "punch to the face" type punyo
    - 1 (not sure if these have names; I'm just assigning them numbers)
    - I enter with a punyo, he parries and punyos
    - I parry, grab his stick and hold it, and move it to waist level, pointing to my right
    - I punyo to his right ear, he grabs it with his alive hand, and I use his stick to do a back-of-wrist trap
    - 2
    - I enter with a punyo, he parries and punyos
    - I parry, grab his stick and hold it, and move it to waist level, pointing to my left
    - I punyo to his left ear, he grabs it with his alive hand, and I use his stick to do a back-of-wrist trap
    - 3
    - I enter with a punyo, he parries and punyos
    - I parry, grab his stick and hold it, and move it to waist level, pointing to my right
    - I do a #7 poke to his face; he parries and grabs the tip
    - I put the tip of my stick under his stick and do a levering trap, trapping both arms

    Beginner's review
    - block/check/strike
    - strikes #1 to #4
    - disarms #1 to #4

    NECOPA stuff
    1) I do a #3; he does a block-check-strike; I do a tapi-tapi block; I use the alive hand to clip his stick to my right shoulder; I punyo to his left ear; he grabs my stick hand; I release the clip with my alive hand and use my alive hand to clear his grab counter-clockwise. I hit #1 and #2 to his head
    2) I do a #3; he does a block-check-strike; I do a tapi-tapi block; I use the alive hand to clip his stick to my right shoulder; I punyo to his left ear; he grabs my stick hand; I dig my punyo into his wrist and drop weight down to break his grip; I hit #1 and #2 to his head
    3) I do a #7; he does a a block-check-strike; I do a tapi-tapi block; I trap his stick hand with a sort of clapping movement, left hand coming from underneath, and right hand pressing down from above (punyo facing him, stick toward me); I maintain a grip on his stick hand with my alive hand and punyo to his face; he grabs with alive hand; I clear counterclockwise with my alive hand, then #1 and #2 to head
    4) I do a #3; he does a block-check-strike; I do a tapi-tapi block; I hook my punyo over his stick and clip it to my right hip; I hit his face with my alive hand; he blocks and grabs; I use my stick to hit his face, then pull it through and hit #1 and #2 to head
    5) I do a #7; he does a block-check-strike; I do a tapi-tapi block; I hook my punyo over his stick and clip it to my right hip; I hit his face with my alive hand; he blocks and grabs; I use my stick to hit his face, then pull it through and hit #1 and #2 to head
    6) same as 5), but after he blocks and grabs your alive hand, instead of hitting him, you thrust your stick into his throat.
    7) I do a #3; he does a block-check-strike; I do a tapi-tapi block; I use the alive hand to clip his stick to my left hip; I punyo to his left ear; he grabs my stick hand; I use my punyo to break his grip, then punyo, while simultaneously doing a snake disarm with my left hand; finish with a left punch to face. (This uses misdirection; you keep his attention focused on your right hand attacking him, while you quickly disarm him with your left).

    Sinwali disarm drill
    - select one partner who will apply the disarms
    - do single sinwali
    - the non-disarming partner simply does single sinwali; the disarming partner applies disarms 1-4
     
  20. Today's arnis, 17 Jul 2018, courtesy of Tom Valesky's notes for the day. My comments will be inserted with <<>>. We basically just played some more with Necopa Balintawak review from the last several sessions. Will try to sneak more from the rest of the notes in as soon as is reasonable.

    NECOPA balintawak review

    Principles
    - 3 stances (without moving feet)
    - shift weight back and lean back to receive or dodge a strike
    - neutral stance
    - shift weight forward and lean forward to strike
    - this shifting gives you about 18 inches of room to play in
    - shifting your weight back forces your opponent to extend themselves -- your strength against their weakness
    - step on their toes
    - pins them in place
    - occupies their mind
    - if you want their alive hand, hit them with a punyo. They'll either get hit in the face, or grab you.
    - "clipping" -- trap their stick and pull it into you
    - into left hip
    - into right hip
    - against the chest/shoulder of your stick hand (right shoulder if you're holding it in your right hand)
    - wouldn't clip against the non-stick-holding shoulder -- it's weak and awkward
    - "spring" - use his force to power my attack
    - in the "he grabs, you slap and abaniko" technique, the slap powers the abaniko.

    NECOPA drills
    note: these are all done from the perspective of the driver. They start with the following exchange:
    - Driver does a #3 (or #7 if working the other side).
    - Passenger does block-check-strike
    - Driver does tapi-tapi block

    note 2: These should be review, so they should be covered in previous notes. I'm including them again in case I captured some nuance the second time around).

    note 3: For all of these, as part of the next move after the tapi-tapi block, you should step on his lead foot.

    1) #3 into tapi-tapi block.
    - clip his stick to left hip and <<forehand, wide as if to target earhole>> punyo to face
    - he grabs your wrist
    - release the clip and slap his hand loose with your alive hand, and simultaneously abaniko to his right temple
    - Re-clip with left. Finish with a #1, then #2 to head

    2) Variation on 1) - Instead of re-clipping with left, slap his stick hand through to the right as you throw the #1

    3) Variation on 1) - Same as 1), but when you re-clip <<actually, initial clip will be right hip, then finish as 2) above>>, clip to the right hip

    4) #3 into tapi-tapi block
    <<Snaking/>>Tukas his stick to the left, snake your left arm around his (keep it tight) and simultaneously do a punching punyo to his bladder with stick hand.
    He grabs your punyo hand with his alive hand.
    Reach your left hand under his stick hand <<reach _through_ your snake>> and grab his alive wrist.
    Finish with #1, then #2 to head <<Anchor-Tie and Smash>>

    5) #7 into tapi-tapi block
    Bring your punyo up over his stick and backfist punyo to face.
    He grabs your punyo wrist.
    Slide the stick through your hand, pool-cue-style, and poke him in the face. <<Pool-cue>>

    6) Variation on 5) - after he grabs your punyo, do the slap/abaniko/#1 pattern from 1) <<Spring, Spring from 2) above>>

    7) #7 into tapi-tapi block
    Punyo to his face in the #2 line. Simultaneously reach under and grab his stick, then clip it to your right shoulder (note: throw the punyo first to clear the line so you can clip it without interference)
    He grabs your wrist.
    Knock his grab loose with your alive hand and #2 strike to head <<Tie-Up Smash>> <<Also can do from #3, my variation>>

    8) variation on 7) - if he grabs your wrist hard and you can't free yourself, slide the stick through your grip pool-cue-style and poke him in the face

    9) #7 into tapi-tapi block
    Bring your punyo up over his stick hand and press down.
    Throw left (alive hand) backfist to his left temple.
    He grabs your alive hand with his alive hand. <<Spread and Smash>>
    Now that the line is free, throw a #2 strike to his right temple/face.

    10) #3 into tapi-tapi block
    Double-clip his stick to waist with your punyo and alive hand.
    Throw left (alive hand) backfist to his left temple.
    He grabs. <<blocks and/or grabs>>
    Thrust the tip of your stick into his throat. (If you're right-foot-forward, you can reinforce the poke by driving your knee into your punyo). <<Spread and Poke, my variation>>

    11) "swimming" - #3 into tapi-tapi block <<jokingly, "Wax-on, Wax-off">>
    Clip his stick to left hip and punyo to face.
    He grabs your wrist.
    Drop the punyo straight down to break his grip and punyo again
    - while doing this, snake your alive hand around his stick hand.
    He grabs your second punyo strike.
    Punch to his face with your left hand to strip his stick loose and also punch his face.
    <<Also can do this one empty-hand versus a #2 strike starting with jam and go to second line>>
     

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