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Just wondering how some of yall train out there. What types of drills/flows/sparring/whatever do you do, and about what percent of your training time do you use working flows, disarms/practical applications, sparring, empty hands vs blade (knife and sword) work vs stick work, etc. Thanks for any sharing.
Wow, talk about an open-ended question! :laugh:
I train under three curriculae: MA-80 under Dan Anderson, Tactical Blade under Bram Frank, and FCS Kali under Mike Jennings (Ray Dionaldo's system). Each of them has laid out a pretty comprehensive set of requirements. I do lots of everything you've mentioned plus a lot of things you didn't. Is there something more specific you want to know about? Your question is so broad you're not going to get much response.
I agree we do all that and then some. Could you be more specific?
Yea, that was pretty vague you'll have to forgive me, long day, late night adds up to fuzzy post, but I kind of wanted just general ideas that maybe I could work into my training. I guess what I was going for was how much time do you spend working drills/motor skills (sombrada, hubud, etc etc.), vs. techniques and new material (destructions, buahs, disarms, etc.) vs. actual application, (sparring, grappling, etc.) hopefully that gives at least a little clarification.
We start off by doing a circuit routine for a warm up. This is followed by an iron man set. Then footwork, then the iron man/footwork is combined for an empty hand vs weapon movement drills. Then we do our flow drills however i am not sure if they are specific to our style. Then we usually learn some new stuff which could vary from anything. Then we put it all together, then spar if we have time. i must note that we generally tend to go in phases for a few months then our routine changes slightly. Hope this helps.
I usually have my folks do drills as warm-ups unless I'm teaching a new one. Once they know the drill, I expect them to spend time outside class doing them. For a given day, my lesson plan generally follows the format of review the underlying stuff to prepare for today's material, get the new technique/drill/etc and work it for a while, put it in context of use, translate to other modes (blade, empty, etc.), show samples of application, and the second time we do the topic use it in sparring. I don't want them going free-form until they've had a chance to practice it controlled. A sample class might go like this:
Topic Inside Entry
Review: Single Sinawali (one stick)
Lesson: Violent entries moving inside the attacker's stick - #6/10 strikes and punyo mano, checks on forehand strikes and passing from backhand strikes
Translation: blade, empty hand, gun, etc.
Context: Using off of tapi-tapi to show dynamic action
Application: samples of disarms, traps, locks, throws, etc.
Sparring: start off controlled by working from flowing tapi-tapi, progress to freeform.
When I get together with my training group I usually start out with a particular concept and see what it eveolves into. I like to think of my classes as "guided self-expression". Sometimes it's Modern Arnis. Sometimes its classical styles of Eskrima. Sometimes it's Kenpo or Kuntaw. Sometimes it's Lightning Scientific Arnis. Sometimes it's Modular Knife, and sometimes it's a little bit of everything or even something completely different. It really depends on who's in the group, how well the group grasps the material and how far down the rabbit hole I think they're ready to go.
As far as percentages go, I never really thought about it. However, I keep an hour or so open after class for sparring so they can test out what they have just learned.
I usually have my folks do drills as warm-ups unless I'm teaching a new one. Once they know the drill, I expect them to spend time outside class doing them.
Oh no!! Training outside of class... I knew I was forgetting something... :whack: :whack: :nono:
Ah yes, training out side of class where the student has to feed himself rather than be fed from the instructor's bowl of stew. It's sad when you see someone that refuses to feed themselves (read as: won't put in the hours outside of class).
We start out by doing warm-ups consisting of Jumping jacks, squat jack's (kind of like bodyweight squats), one legged squats for strength and balance, push-ups,sit-ups and crab ups and then about 100 yards up a field doing heidens (similiar to walking lunges but powering up with just the front leg) then we do Thai round kicks ,thai 15 count/17 count excercise, then after an hour we do Pekiti footwrok drills(sidestepping, tirsia largo diamond footwork, then add in striking drills with foot work, bridging excercises/footworkstriking, and take off footwork drills and sparring with Rattan and kockey helmets and street hockey gloves.
Aright, about what I expected, thanks for sharing everyone.
I guess I could say I like fast food, but that would only continue the sarcasm... :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
For anyone serious about their progress, you're right about personal study habits.
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