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Below you’ll find our general curriculum with links to pictures and videos. The same goes for heavy vs. Once a practitioner learns the basic attacks and footwork we begin with hand sparring using padded sticks.
The stick and sword techniques and training methods in FSD drlls a mix from a variety of styles, and based on our 4 Step Matrix.
Stick and Sword
You can thrust with a stick, but it won’t have quite the same effect as thrusting with a sword. The matrix contains angles of attack, types of attacks swinging, thrusting, full, half, etc. 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 your opponent, and safe exits.
You’re not trying to dills help your partner to learn, but to win.
Stick and Sword Techniques and Training Methods | Kali & Eskrima
There’s a level of cooperation, as the ewcrima is to help each other to learn. A sword can slash, whereas a stick needs to hit.
If you’re going to train sombrada, be sure to see our video on doing it properly. Random flow training isn’t sparring in the sense that you’re not fighting each other. But in reality, you’re not going to know what your opponent is going to do and escrkma he’s going to respond to your advances.
Most of the above mentioned training centers around prearranged drills and practice patterns for repetition in the isolation phase of training. Here are a few ways it can be done:. This training can include emphasis on particular aspects of fighting, dripls practitioners agree to work on various entries, combination counter attacks, etc.
In sparring, you’re fighting each other. Stick and sword training is different, but also very similar. The basic stickwork consists of fundamental angles of attack and footwork.
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.
We use two methods to prepare for the reality of fighting: After the practitioner learns the basic 6 angles, we move on to doing them with the footwork listed below:. 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!
It’s also unwise to directly “block” with a sword, as the edge can be damaged. This teaches the “defang the snake” concept striking the opponent’s hand or limb early on and gradually introduces them to stick sparring.
Experiment with different weapons length, weight, and type in training, and be mindful of the differences. Check out Sword and Circle for more on random flow training, this post in particular. Real fighting involves the unknown and a large dose of chaos.
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.
Drils is where the chaos comes in, and where you learn to deal with hard pressure coming from a completely uncooperative opponent.
I do still feel it has value if drille correctly and used as an isolation drill to ezcrima 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. 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.
For more information on the 4 Step Matrix and training methods, click here. The weapons are the same length, and the same angles of attack, entries, and defenses work to a large degree. For many years I taught sombrada as a training drill, but haven’t used it since or so.