Brilliant class this evening at Essex Fighting Arts. Good to hone in on certain skills and break them down sometimes as having a strong foundation will only improve your end technique. Padwork was good as always with lots of spirit and I could see Rob pushing hard with loads of effort when we were working over a minute consistent punching. Good to finally teach Sumbrada 10 x count as it's one of the drills I used to do with my Sensei and I think that was possibly the last time I did it so a LONG time ago. As I said tonight, you should break each part down and work on them until you have the correct technique way before you think about adding speed. From the number 1 strike/inside deflection to the reverse rooftop, abinico strikes and number 5 straight thrusts. But equally important is your footwork as you noticed when we went through this together in the mirror. Each block and counter strike you will need to place yourself 1. out of harms way of the attacking stick and 2. in a position to effectively strike back with precision and power. And with stick work again as I mentioned you have to commit and move in when required taking you away from the end of the stick that will do the damage and closer to the opponent where you can inflict damage. Will all come with time and you will see the connection between stick to knife and empty hand (pangamot). See you all Thursday, Ouss...
Sensei Dean Baldwin
Welcome to the Essex Fighting Arts Blog. I always try to give an overview for each class with a re-cap of what was taught, terminology & ethos behind the techniques used. As well as any introductions, announcements or fun things that happened during the session. Enjoy! 😉