Sifu and his 6 year old (he is now 7) Grandson DR practice Modern Arnis’ Single Sinawalli with padded sticks, before the Youth Karate-Do class. Besides stick work DR has been exposed to the Jian (double edged straight sword) and the Broadsword. He very much enjoys the weapons practices with Sifu.Lesson 1:When teaching younger students weapons…The practice always starts and ends with respect!The weapons should be fun …but it’s NOT play time…..The practices should be formal and with a qualified teacherYounger students should learns to hit weapon to weapon first..NOT weapon to body! Lesson 2:Correct weapons training will greatly speed up the training process of your empty hand techniques,proper relaxation and whole body power. It will help to strengthen you hands, wrists, arms and shoulders…..it will also help to keep the joints moving properly with good flexibility and range of motion. Lesson 3:Weapons training is an excellent addition to an overall health maintenance program as it will help to keep your hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders strong and flexible. Grand Master T. T. Liang was still able to write calligraphy when he was well over 100 years old and was still practicing double Dao (Broadsword) and Jian (double edged straight sword) forms well into his 90’s! He still remains such an inspiration!
Two JRRMAS Modern Arnis Staff members, PR (Black Belt Candidate) and LS (Second Degree Black Belt) practice a double stick drill called ‘Single Sinawalli’ recently at our regular Wed. 6:45-8:15 class NOTE: The public is always welcome at any of our classes. Check out the schedule at JRRoy.comAll Modern Arnis Black Belts train FREE every Wed. evening at JRRMAS – email me for details!Lesson:Notice how they startSlowlythen, they progress in speed until they becomeStiff or Tensethen…. They return to a more relaxed speedBefore….they again return to ‘max’ speed and so on…..from slow to fast, fast to slowjust likepracticing drum rudiments or scalesOnce it tenses up…..try your best to relax at that new speed if you can’tyour finishedSo return to a speed that you CAN relax inThenDo it again!!Practicing for speedIt’s all the same………………….Tension is the opponent!