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!
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2019 at 3:29 PM

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