Awesome class again at www.essexfightingarts.co.uk and again the need to not do any pad work due to lots to get through. Firsly welcome back to John, was a nice surprise and great to have him back at EFA. :-) Back on to Dikit (sticking) knife work again working through number 2 - 7 drills. Using Lacoste knife strips and Lameco strips as well as others. Again everyone was flowing nicely and with the hand-eye coordination improving loads. These drills are excellent for reaction time, practice with strips and attaching to the pad of the thumb, as well as accuracy and dexterity of movement. But adding the fact that you are getting more and more used to dealing with knives/limbs so cutting down on the emergencies. At the end of the day I hope none of us EVER have to get involved in a knife fight and inevitably if you do you will get cut unless you're the man of steel himself! At the very least I am providing you with skills within different situations regarding knives from different angles of attack, thus if you become proficient then you are only improving your chance of survival God forbid that it ever happened for real. I say if you can run fast enough without getting stabbed or have an option to get behind or in something like a car then do this. With all this in mind though, it's great fun running through knife drills and I hope you all surprised yourself at how effortless you were flowing during the class switching, stripping, attacking, defending etc... 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! 😉