Q and A about Escrima
Entry from the Stonewall-Shield Blog. I hope there is some useful information in it. Old stuff is always relevant. Stay proactive in Life and training, CW.
Rolf F, the escrima instructor from Finland brought up some subject that would make a subject for our escrima part of this blog. I will touch on some of them.
Why do we train drills in the order that we do? We can look at the 1st grade drills. As with most systems, there is a mental aspect as well as a physical aspect to the training. If a student learns to stand still and attack an attacker, the student leans to focus on doing a good counter attack or striking the BAD GUY ( BG) before he gets his attack off. This is important because it limits the amount of things the students has to focus on. Just standing still, the student learns to read the BG which also makes it easier to see the windows of opportunity that are opened. The next step is moving to the best place in order to continue the attack. All this is done unarmed and armed. Foot work is then put into the drill after the student has begun to understand how timing and placement (of the student…GOOD GUY= GG) are best utilized.
If we look at the way of building up the mental aspects (attacking mentality), mechanical power generation aspects, timing and placement, we can also use the same teaching method for footwork and other subjects. When a student works at moving on-line, at an angle to the left or right (be it slightly or a lot) we teaching the basic of reading attacks and understanding the dangers the BG presence through his angles of attack.
All this is “fine and dandy” until there is not time to move your feet or take a step to create a buffer zone and a preferred angle to the attacker. GM Rene’s drills with the BOX training is the next evolution. When we keep the right foot or the left foot forward at all times we are keeping the pressure on and our steps are more simple in nature as well as shorter. This saves time! Time can save you life when the BG attacks. Where it get’s a little kinky is where the twist in my your body is the two positions put together. The feet are still in the right foot forward position and the body and weapon are moved to a body position that resembles the buffering angles that the beginner learns. This is also where students start to work with generating power through the torque of the body. The basics of dropping power, using the arch of the weapon to redirect the BG and / or the weapon, the basics of timing & speed, V’ing in, preempting, etc are all other subjects we can work on improving. It’s all about TIME! Remember that preempting is a form of “block & lock.”
Tipping the weapon for extra power and distance has it’s uses, dangers and weaknesses. This has been moved to the later student grades to avoid bad habits. There were tendencies to leave the weapon out in a danger zone as well as letting the tip of the weapon come down too low. We have to remember that distance is time. Tipping the weapon adds length and opens windows of possibilities for the BG. These are also some of the reasons that it has been moved to later student grades. GM Rene was very aware of of this fact when he held his seminars for us. His seminars were quite basic in design and at the same time quite complex. An example is how it’s sometimes harder for people to just hit an attacker than it is to defend and that is because of mindset alone. We have gone full circle. We are getting back to the 1st student grade again.
Let me know if there are any other questions. I will answer them when there is time.
Ya’ll take care