NoVA Arnis in the Park

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  1. Today's arnis, 7 Apr 2019: We started off by having the students walk us through the forms: baston Anyos Isa through Apat, and Kuntaw Xa and H4. (y) We reviewed the 3 striking methods (at, in, through), 3 blocking methods (dos manos, braced, unbraced), and 3 defensive measures (evade, block, disarm). Then we worked all the panantukan WMAA requirements up through middle ranks. Lastly, we worked through all the sinawalis up through black belt: single, advanced single, four corner, sinawali 10, single w/ tap, double sinawali, high six, reverse, X sinawali, single w/ twirl, super, double double, pera-peral, open double, sinawali 8, abaniko. Then we added on my spiral sinawali 6. After class, we shared stories about Professor and generally teaching and such.
  2. Today's arnis, 14 April 2019: We started off by working through the rest of the panantukan requirements in the curriculum, and then doing each of the disarms against all 12 angles of attack: lever, punyo rip, snake, cradle, thumb lock, crossada, punyo strip, hitchhiker, forearm strip, belly strip. Then we worked some daga material: daga shock, daga strip, daga drill #1, daga drill #2. Next time we'll need daga crossada and daga drill #3 and another path through the curriculum. [​IMG]
  3. Today's arnis, 28 April: Nice day today and some new folks turned out as well. We started off by teaching (reviewing for some) the first 7 moves of Baston Anyo Isa. From there it was single sinawali, both open and closed, and then with crossada motion inserted. Then, advanced single sinawali (3-count single) and 4 corners (like the high and low portions of cob-cob). After that, we taught redonda twirling with some insert options for those ready. Then we worked rompida strking style, first in the air, then after blocking and checking, taking care to chose targets and move. Then we worked it specifically for closing against an incoming #1 strike, first fading back while doing the upward strike (palm up rather than the normal palm out) to the wrist, then down to the upper forearm while shifting weight forward, then stepping in to jam them and finish. (Thanks to Master Roland for sharing that this weekend! - "sagasa" I think you called it?). From there, we worked the white belt kicks (front, round, side, back) and even had some folks break some plastic boards to get the focus right. Then we finished up by reviewing for those new at it Baston Anyo Isa.
  4. Today's arnis, 12 May 2019: Rainy Mother's Day and some miscoordination, so only me and Michael, so we went to the carport and worked flavor details and applications of Remy's baston anyos, tracing back original movements and applications. We also covered a lot of other ground talking about tapi-tapi, applications, older basics, etc. Note: next weekend I'll be at the WMAA TX camp and test so hopefully the local crew will still meet and work curriculum, or espada y daga review, etc.
  5. Today's arnis, 26 May 2019: We got the juices flowing by working all sorts of variations of single sinawali: normal, advanced (3-count), combination, mirrored, 4-count, 1 stick vs 2, crossadas, inverted, simultaneous double-striking, etc. Then we worked high-low X sinawali to look at the connection with single, then did all-high and all-low X sinawalis. We made sure to put some heat on and get some movement in. As a treat, we worked on a bonus sinawali, the Ground Tap 7 I got from Guro Eric Alexander decades ago - nice nostalgia. We looked at some applications for the initial ground-tap/hit/high-strike part including: dirt to the face, ankle/foot-groin-head, and pop-hits from low to high. From there, I took everyone through Baston Anyo Isa a few steps at a time with lots of reps after pointing out some tweaks on the targeting, salute, stick position, and timing. We did lots of reps on both the sinawalis and Baston Anyo Isa, which was good. We then worked on 6-count and 10-count (10-ct is also known as "box drill" or "sungkiti" sumbrada) sumbradas concentrating on making the 6-ct low block an actual block as well as for the 10-ct making the low pass work as a safe pass and opening creation for the poke. Some also worked on the abaniko 10-count sumbrada. Angles and positioning were stressed. I taught them the standard 9-count thrusting drill with a front-grip knife, concentrating on the rotation/release/extra-damage aspects. Again, putting in the reps was good. Finally, we ended with a quick review of the 8 Basic Strikes for beginners and the Advanced 9 Basic Strikes (based off of Remy's striking styles). It was a good day, nice pace and energy, and good to see some good rep work.
  6. Today's arnis, 2 June 2019: Small group today, so after working kungfu for a bit with John Paulson and Duane Owen, we started in on double-stick blocking and countering from the Kombatan side of our material, 4 methods and put in lots of reps to get them solid, then mixed them up with the feeder calling numbers 1 through 4. Started looking pretty good [​IMG](y). After that we worked various redonda variations against held sticks as targets, 3-, 4-, 5-, and 6- count variations, with pop-overs, under strikes, follow-throughs, etc. Then we reviewed Baston Anyo Isa that we were teaching Duane last time, for some extra details and reps.
  7. Today's arnis, 9 June 2019: We warmed up with some amara/carrenza work, including shadow sparring forwards and backwards. Then we reviewed Baston Anyo Isa for path. From there we, dissected some disarms, concentrating on similarities from a lot of variations of the standard forearm disarms, including leverage press, lower forearm bump, outside forearm bump, inside snake, weaving, simultaneous poke and press, double over in and down press, punyo underhook with and without wrist bend and back press, cane snake trap and throw, etc, etc. Then we touched on a simple pop release disarm against a backhand strike. Fun to explore all the possibilities and similarities, even in the rain-ish. (y)
  8. Today's Arnis, 16 June 2019: We jumped right in and worked Espada y Daga ⚔️ striking drills 1 through 8 from the Kombatan side of our Presas Arnis. We did them first in the air, then with partners as targets, then in random order, with some folks also working the other handedness. Also made the point that the stance shifting, leaning, etc serves to manage the distance in static mode and to prime future distance management as more and more movement is introduced in the future. We also used trainer blades for the first 3 so as to stress edge alignment awareness, targeting, and follow-through. Lastly, our take on when to use horizontal daga stabs vice vertical is based on being open (usually horizontal) or closed (usually vertical) with hips/body/intent

    On 1, we stressed the angles and double uses of the long weapon as well as the close-to-the-body character of the Peral action. For 2, we talked about the simultaneous hip action, daga withdraw, and ababiko action and how that can combine to add a spearing action on contact, to use either for deeper penetration or for slicing depending upon targets and intent. For 3, the Sungkiti can be used for poking/ripping, slicing, or hooking/guiding or even combinations of those. For 4,5,&6, the various uses of the doblada spin and strike down were emphasized, including blocking, releasing, striking 2 different targets, etc, as well as the down strike being a full follow through to the ground, a foot/ankle strike, prep for dirt slinging, etc. For 7, one way to look at it is like a combo of 1 and 2. For 8, it was like 3 but with an upward strike added after an in-process vector change (not a complete direction reversal that requires starting and stopping).

    From there, we contrasted these largo/media focused sequences with the #5 and #6 Espada y Daga level 1 recontras from PTI, which are much closer in range but equally as fun. We might review all 12 of those for fun again soon too.

    Lastly, before I completely ran out of hip goodness, I got them acquainted with the 2man version of Baston Anyo Dalawa, wherein it's almost matching movement for movement each step but the last, with one person advancing to make the other retreat.

    A good Fathers Day! Thanks to all who came and great to see some more new faces!

    Also reviewed balintawak basics with Conal, feeding 1 through 5 abecedario with footwork and wih pakgang blocking and without blocking to get a sharp targeting. Then we reviewed groupings with variations for Group 1 and Group 4, both without feeder blocking and with feeder blocking. Then mixed them up a bit for some simple segidas. (y)
  9. Today's Arnis 30 June 2019: We jumped right in to working Espada y Daga Presas Arnis combinations, reviewing 1-8 from last time and adding 9 and 10. Some handy mnemonics emerged. 1 is Peral, 2 is abaniko, 3 is sungkiti, 4 is duplete, 5 is 4 plus one upward slash, 6 is 4 plus upward figure eight, 7 is 1+2 and 7 counts, 8 is 3 plus backhand upward strike (or 3+6), 9 is 3+2(horiz-chop&retract), 10 is 6+matador poke. . From there we worked some closer-in Espada y Daga level 1 attacks review. Then, after a quick review of the 6 count sumbrada drill with some reminder pointers, we did it two different response ways for each attack with Espada y Daga; blade+wrist and arm+body. Also had a drop in from new friend David Taylor. Good day, and no bugs!
  10. Today’s Arnis 14 Jul 2019: We started off reviewing Espada y Daga combinations 1-10, and then added 11, 12, and 13. Next time we’ll get 14 and 15 for the whole set. New mnemonics; 11 is 1 plus harada and sungkiti to matador; 12 is 1 plus follow through to complete the ocho ocho all the way down and poke; 13 is like 4 but do 4's final poke as outside forehand instead of straight and follow through to outside backhand poke. After that we worked the regular 6-count sumbrada drill, and then did a short staff vs cane version.

    We moved on to a panantukan progression from last weekend’s Canada Camp: cross-hook-cross (CHC) to set the stage as a standard follow up for the rest of the progression, with a variation cross-hook+elbow+hammerfist-cross (C-HEHm-C). The first of the progression was versus straight/jab feed you do basic shield (point lead elbow forward while bracing palm to forehead) then CHC, second was versus jab feed do split entry then CHC, third was versus jab feed do crossada (real gunting), hammerfist, then CHC, fourth was versus jab do backfist destruction, hammerfist, then CHC (also variation if straight feed just leave out the hammerfist).

    Now that we had a set of feeds and responses set up, we added the standard double-sinawali-based feed to the front: high-low-high attacking-style feeds then wide left roundhouse punch feed to reset, starting with shield-shield-shield (SSS) then stop-shield. Then another variation: SSS plus bob-and-weave. Another: S-hook-S then stop-shield, which substitutes a hook punch vs the 2nd beat of pad attack-feeds. Next, for the third beat of that, try substituting a backfist destruction. Now, combine all of these “prefix” options with the feed (or no-feed) plus CHC (or C-HEHm-C) and you have a bit of reaction and randomness to play with. We ran out of time before we got to more interesting change ups and insertions. Fun day Sunday!
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  11. Today's arnis: We reviewed the Espada y Daga combinations from before, including mnemonics, and then added 14 and 15 to finish the set. 13, 14, and 15, all start like #4.

    13 continues from the last knife poke of #4 (but done a little wider) with a follow through to turn the knife over and do a backhand knife poke. Mnemonic: #4, poke-poke

    14 continues from the end of #4 with a forehand espada sungkiti, then knife poke over the espada arm as it follows through, then espada backhand stab while withdrawing the knife correctly so as not to slice wrist. Mnemonic: #4, poke-poke-poke

    15 continues from the end of #4 with a double blade upwards uppercut in front of right shoulder, shuffle in and R punyo, then R abaniko high flat to their L temple, R abaniko back the other way high flat to their R temple, then 2 downward backhand haradas on the left side, then double espada and daga stab to their R upper quadrant. Mnemonic: #4 with 4 doubles.

    From there, it turned into a Drill Day. ;-) We worked on cane hubud vs #12 punyo, and then worked in a variation where it changes upon the initial stop-block --> once you feel that your #12 punyo is stopped you reach up and under and pull-clear their live hand and feed #2 strike. They pakgang block, then press down and feed their own #12. This blends with regular hubud this way, and you can also fall into rolling punyos and do an outside feed #1 strike, etc.

    Next, we worked on the Ground Tap 7 sinawali again since we've all but forgotten it. ;-) It starts R tap to ground, R hits your own L cane low, then R forehand high over that (they hit back) with retraction, then L backhand high (they hit) with retraction, then R forehand high under that (they hit) with retraction, the both L and R go to the same angle as a normal #1 strike (they hit both with both of theirs) with follow-through. Then repeat on the other side. The 7 comes from 7 contacts per side, even though it's done in 6 counts.

    Then we covered the old, so-called empty-hand tapi-tapi drill (also called the 1-2 drill I think) with some details about placement and timing. The drill is: A mid-level roundhouse punch, B block-control-backfist (RLR), A catches with L then presses down with L hand and does R back smash, B keeps R elbow at side with twisting hips to the right and raising R hand to sort of hubud pass then controls and feeds mid-level roundhouse punch - then repeat on opposite sides. And once that was good enough, we worked inserts, first the simple one changing the wide forehand feed with either a bolo/uppercut or a overhead #12 hammerfist. Other inserts were to insert the armbar on the hubud pass, or forearm takedown on the wide forehand feed, or center lock on the 2nd count of block-control-counter, or temporary center lock on the 1st count of that, or if they don't control the hand when they backfist then R catch instead of L catch then L clear and R hammerfist (breaks the drill unless you adapt), or ... etc.
  12. Today's arnis, 1 Sep 2019: After catching up on what they worked on while I was gone last month and vice versa, we discussed some aspects of LvR and hand-changing in tapi-tapi. Then we worked on details of LvR "bonk head" and "poke ribs" inserts, and also the RvR versions. We also talked about abaniko corto and clipping versus belly-strip, and what might work with realistic timing and what might not. We then looked at the various double and mixed sinawalis, reviewing these: double, open double, super sinawali, sinawali 4, sinawali 5, double-double (also 5), sinawali 8, sinawali 10, pera-peral, reverse, low redonda, and more. Basically, a quick re-acquaintance before we get back on top of things starting next week, now that I'm back.
  13. Today's arnis, 8 Sep 2019: We reviewed the basic (8 count) and advanced (9 count) angles of attack, as well as the thrusting set (9 counts) using both standard (hammer) grip and reverse (icepick or pikal) grip. Then we worked dos manos blocking with checking and countering (BCC) with either hand for the 8 basic angles. We reviewed the standard "Datu's" amara after that. To reinforce our dos manos work, we did dos manos BCC again, but then worked in the standard amara as the followup sequence. Then we went on to work some disarms followed again by the amara - the lever, the inside snake, the outside snake, and the thumb lock strip. After that, I decided to have us work on the disarm mechanics behind the lever disarm and standard disarms against a #1 or #3 by working on the fist version, the forearm version, the wrist lock (to throw), palis to outside strip, forearm strip, the weaving, and more. Basically looking at about 20-30 different disarms using the outside wrist lock or backwards throw position as a means of really emphasizing the understanding of that joint and such. Had a new person join us today, too.
  14. Today's arnis, 15 Sep 2019: We started off with the 1-2 drill (aka empty hand tapi-tapi) and worked in different targets and then also opportunistic locks/traps. From there, we did the same thing with the 6-count sumbrada (3-8-12), working first standard, then espada-y-daga, then with live hand attacks, and finally with disarms inserted. Then we continued on from last week's look at lots of different disarms that depended on the outside wrist throw position (or backwards throw) and did that with disarms that depend on the center-lock wrist position, including thumb lock, down block disarm, top-leverage pop, cane snake, outside snake to bicep lock, outside snake to wrist lock, shoulder or arm leverage, under punch to disarm, over punch to disarm, and more. Not the 30 we did with the other position since we started late - maybe more next time! Next week (Saturday 21 Sep) is the Fall FMA Free4All in Van Dyck Park so no class on Sunday. Should be fun!
  15. Today's arnis, 29 Sep 2019: We started back at some basics, working curriculum things from yellow through green. First we looked at block-check-counter (BCC) done dos-manos style against the basic 8 angles of attack and following up with at least 2 strikes, usually low first, then high. With dos-manos, the follow-up strikes can be either left-handed or right handed, so we worked both. Then we did the same thing, BCC with braced blocks and low-high followup striking, then same thing with unbraced blocking, BCC with low and then high followup strikes. We reviewed some basic dumog things, like regular arm bar and leg/knee arbar, standing armbar, and single lock. Then we reviewed some self-defenses including daga wrist shock, daga crossada, daga peel, outer reaping throw, armbar takedowns, diving throw, and daga crossada throw. We worked palis-palis to armbar, to choke, and to compress elbow. We also briefly looked at sinawalis like: 4 corners, single sinawali with tap, single sinawali with twirl, sinawali 10, double sinawalis (3), X sinawali, super sinawali, abaniko sinawali, ground tap 7. For X sinawali, we worked on empty hand applications - first for parrying jab-cross and following up with hammerfists. Lastly, we worked the pass-through drill and followed that by working on the crossada flow drill.
  16. Today's arnis: 6 Oct 2019: We started out with the above for the new people, while simultaneously reviewing the 15 Espada y Daga combinations from the Ernesto side of things. From there, we popped back over into working some LvR tapi-tapi, continuing on from what we did Wednesday night: Start, Poke Ribs, Bonk Head, and added De Cadena (or rolling punyos). For that latter, we specifically worked positioning of the body and positioning of the canes... Again, vs. the #12 punyo, the driver's cane will go on the forearm and turn into a punyo punch to the head, which the follower will pass down and feed back with their own backhand punyo strike (or forearm strike). After that, the driver can do the same, or they can block with their cane while moving to the outside and putting their cane on the follower's cane (not forearm) - relative to blocking at the forearm, this ensures good positioning, keeps the follower from doing a slap-off, keeps the follower from hitting us with the cane that is not controlled, and keeps the follower from getting an instant disarm (like leverage) when the driver turns that block/stop into a punyo punch from that side. After that, we reviewed some basics of fading and ranging, concentrating on how to get out of range against a committed attack while still being in perfect range to strike. The fades we used were: sideways-ish away from the incoming strike, sideways-ish into the incoming strike, and even backwards leaning. Each of the fades emphasized windup and leaning and simultaneous preparation for the followup so that it looks like magic to be able to hit the attacker when they couldn't hit you and no steps were taken (just some twisting and finishing of hits). Always keep your opponent in your 12 and make sure you get out of their 12!

    Also, a video on basics of holding a stick:
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  17. Tonight's arnis (in Colorado Springs, CO): 8 Oct 2019: Met up with Senseis Blanton, Mellinger, and Davis and Guro Mellinger showed some disarming mechanics, drill applications, stretches, and body mechanics work. I set up some principles like clipping, doing more than one thing at the same time, crossing yourself up only on your well-understood-and-engineered-terms, and such, and also showed a Necopa Balintawak clipping drill (thanks Rino Balintawak!). Then I shared some Necopa tricks to look at the Mongcal side of Remy's background, some of my own tricks, and some of Remy's, and then we worked the empty-hand versions (including some mods like passing and split entry and snaking differently), some of which help with mechanics and timing for the sticks - always a good thing to consider alternate weapon-ness or handedness. I also had them work some basic sabligs and and poke-parrying from the passenger side as a way to become driver. Thanks very much to Sensei Eric Davis for letting us work out in his school! Will link some videos below to some of the tricks we covered here.
  18. Today's arnis (13 Oct 2019): We warmed up and then solidly reviewed the cane anyos 1 through 4. Spent some extra time on the newer folks working 1 so they could get it down. From there we worked some simple drills designed to wake up the live hand, because I noticed too many were dead-arming it. First, while one person holds out there cane like it was striking their partner, the other maneuvers and hits the cane like a block then immediately checks and counter strikes at least twice. We worked this three different ways and demonstrated a fourth: check hand maneuvers over the stick forearm, check under the stick side forearm, check hand goes out while stick simultaneously is drawn back like a witik, and the fourth would have been check and peral around the head. Then we worked a somewhat artificial empty hand version wherein the static feeder leaves out a punch and the person being drilled right-hand parries the punch check-shoves the shoulder or chest through their core and then finishes with punches, elbows, forearms, knees, palms, or whatever. There were a lot of beginners so this worked really well, but it was also good basic work for everyone. That led naturally into the start of de cadena/trapping hands, do we worked that first without flowing, then added the flow. From there, I added a what-if for an attacker adding a punch with their other hand once they felt their first punch being dealt with (the initial parry hand intercepts the incoming new punch instead of attacking and then aborts and uses that energy to bounce right in and attack with palm heel to jaw line (or lots of other options) with follow ups, too. The next what-if was versus a 1-2 punching attack and you were thinking simple trapping hands would be fast enough but it wasn’t, so you can abort and parry the first one then parry the second attack and continue from there with trapping hands as normal (1-123). Basics, basics, basics!

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  19. Today's arnis, 22 Dec 2019 : just a few people today, so I took the opportunity to review some Buot balintawak setups and responsees that we worked on last week in Buffalo. We covered backhand punyo, defender tries to hand block, so abort to arm torque and #2, then did the bent-arm block counter to that. From there we worked both counters and continuations, including both elbow and hand tukas, backhand low hit balintawak #9, elbow clip, and inside declaw. Versus the low hit, we did hand block and countered it with arm pin, followed by modified sablig and #1 punyo. From there we had the defense to the punyo be a hand block, so person doing the punyo did the abort to arm pin and re-hit, defender then rolled to pakgang/tapi-tapi block and hit low #9, so the response was hand block, so response was sandwich, so they abort and do palis control (being nice and not doing the backhand punyo actually to the hand, lol). Then release and repeat 1st setup and do a different path at difference branching points. We also did suyup vs tukas and suyup vs inside declaw, followed by aborts in either case to set up next move. This was just a quick familiarization, but I like this format and it matches what we did with randomness when working tapi-tapi with the Professor back in the '90's. Fun stuff! Happy holidays everyone, and note that there's no class next weekend. Also, here's a bit on basics of striking with the stick I did at the end of class:
  20. Today's arnis, 12 Jan 2020: Guro John Paulson was running things in my absence as I recover from hip replacement 16 days ago, but I dropped by anyway to say hi and show them some Buot/Astig Balintawak moves and counters strung together - a series of 6 moves from Manong Ted strung together by Datu Tim that we worked on last December: punyo abort -> bent arm block + #9, hand block, modified sablig + #1 punyo (though there are a lot of fine points in there). After getting them started on that, I left them be and headed back home to get back to recovering. [​IMG];-) Guro Paulson and Rose are working to make that stick and then work on whatever else they planned for today. I might sneak back again next week, but definitely the week after that.

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