JRRMAS staff member PR and Sifu practice a double stick against a single stick Tapi Tapi (counter their counter) drill that Sifu learned from Chuck Gauss (Thanks Chuck) a few years ago. The drill has an excellent flow to it.Lesson 1:This type of drill trains the sensitivity of your hands, wrists and arms. Training sticks greatly assists in the development of your bodies sensing abilities (Tien Jing – Listening Skill). Once you can feel, follow and lead through the inanimate stick…the skill of listening with just your body will be greatly enhanced.Lesson 2:One of the great gifts from Prof. Presas was the idea that working with a single and double stick serves to speed up the developement of you empty hand skills….The Prof. was absolutely right!
Sifu and JRRMAS staff member PR practice a baiting and locking series. The idea is to counter their counter (Tapi Tapi).Lesson 1:Tapi tapi is an excellent platform for skill aquisitiontraining the ‘live hand’ to seak the path
Sifu and JRRMAS staff member LS practice the Modern Arnis counter the counter, slap off and re-grab drillLesson 1:The attacker (LS) strikes with one of the 12 angles of attack, Sifu block, checks and counters the original attack,The attacker stops the counter with their ‘live hand’,either on the inside or the outside of the fore arm (Sifu’s)Then Sifu will either’slap off’ then….. re-counter from the same side or’re-grab’ then….. re-counter from the same side Lesson 2:A central theme in Modern Arnis is to ‘Counter the Counter’: ‘Tapi Tapi’…..infinitely….until you steal their time and achieve a superior body position, Until you find or create the opening allowing you to successfully Counter their Counter!Lesson 3:This is an excellent drill for skill acquisition!
JRRMAS Staff member PH practices Redonda with Brown Belt student AG.Lesson 1:Redonda…..one circle on the same sidetwo circle’s on the opposite sideThe first strike crosses over when going forwardand under when doing the reversetrain both sides simultaneouslyKeep the beats even especially in between side changesand feel the one, two, three…it’s a triplet…..without accents….add in Rompida and AbinicoNow add stance work…forward, backward and to the sidesIt’s all there….study the nature of circles, timing and momentumTruly marvelous practice!
JRRMAS Staff member PR leads a recent class in an application exercise based on the first Stick Form (Anyo).Lesson 1:In order to lead the mind properly during solo practice…it’s imperative that the practitioner is able to visualize the application of the movementPracticing the applications of the forms with a partner is the ‘secret’to higher level solo practice…Visualizating the applications will give the practitioner the correct ‘feeling’ of the solo gesture Lesson 2:”The mind directs, the body follows”