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In sparring, you’re fighting each other. This teaches the “defang the snake” concept striking the opponent’s hand or limb early on and gradually introduces them to stick sparring.
A sword can slash, whereas a stick needs to hit. However, there are a few substantial differences. Double stick isn’t something I train or teach much, but for those that are interested, here is a page demonstrating double stick with the 4 Step Matrix. The matrix contains angles of attack, types of attacks swinging, thrusting, full, half, etc.
The weapons are the same length, and the same angles of attack, entries, and defenses work to a large degree. You don’t know what your partner is going to do and he or she doesn’t know what you’re going to do, but you’re doing it at a pace you’re both comfortable with, and there is a give and take.
It’s also unwise to directly “block” with a sword, as the edge can be damaged. The basic stickwork consists of fundamental angles of attack and footwork. Below you’ll find our general curriculum with links to pictures and videos.
Just enter your name and email below:. They’re great to build speed, power, perfect your physical techniques, and to learn important concepts. You’re not trying to directly help your partner to learn, but to win. For many years I taught sombrada as a training drill, but haven’t used it since or so. There’s a level of cooperation, as the goal is to help each other to learn.
Stick and sword training is different, but also very similar. Once a practitioner learns the basic attacks and footwork we begin with hand sparring using padded sticks.
Stick and Sword Techniques and Training Methods | Kali & Eskrima
You can thrust with a stick, but it won’t have quite the same effect as thrusting with a sword. Far less power is required to do damage with a sword, and whereas a strike on the arm may have no effect with a stick, the same cannot be said with a sword!
The same goes for heavy vs. The principles and training methods listed here work for both stick and sword in general, but specific methods work better and worse depending on the particular weapon used. This training can include emphasis on particular aspects of fighting, where practitioners agree to work on various entries, combination counter attacks, etc.
Stick and Sword
Drill you’re highly unlikely to end up in a stick or sword fight on the street, stick and sword training gives you the foundation to use almost any non-projectile weapon in self defense, is largely transferable to unarmed fighting, will teach you lessons you can use in other areas of self defense, and is great for exercise and enjoyment. The stick and sword techniques and training methods in FSD are a mix from a variety of styles, and based on our 4 Step Matrix.
Real fighting involves the unknown and a large dose of chaos. After the practitioner learns the basic 6 angles, we move on to doing them with the footwork listed below:. Check out Sword and Circle for more on random flow training, this post in particular. If you’re going to train sombrada, be sure to see our video on doing it properly. In application it consists of a safe entry, either attacking your opponent or intercepting his attack, follow ups that prevent you from getting hit while taking out eescrima opponent, and safe exits.
I do still feel it has value if done correctly and used as an isolation drill to train attacking entries and follow ups, but my current thinking is that isolating variations of the 4-Step Matrix will provide even better results with a wider variety of live options. Experiment with different weapons length, weight, and type in training, and be dirlls of the differences.
A very heavy, two-handed cane or baseball bat can be used to block and strike in ways that a thinner, lighter stick cannot.
Stick and Sword Although you’re highly unlikely to end up in a stick or sword fight on the street, stick and sword training gives you the foundation to use almost any non-projectile weapon in self defense, is largely transferable to unarmed fighting, will teach you lessons you can use in other areas of self defense, and is great for exercise and enjoyment.
But in reality, you’re not going to know what your opponent is going to do and how he’s going to respond to your advances. Random flow training isn’t sparring in the sense that you’re not fighting each other.
For more information on the drille Step Matrix and training methods, click here. Sparring is where the chaos comes in, and where you learn to deal with hard pressure coming from a completely uncooperative opponent.
Here are a few ways it can be done:. We use two methods to prepare for the reality of fighting: Most of the above mentioned training centers around prearranged drills and practice esceima for repetition in the isolation phase of training.