NoVA Arnis in the Park

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  1. Today's arnis 29 Oct 2017:
    Today's arnis in the park: for the curriculum walk-through, we finished up blue belt joint work (dumog) with standing center lock, both kinds of center lock, and single lock, and then we worked on the blue belt eskrima section with daga peel, single sinawali with ground tap, super sinawali, figure 8s (upwards and downwards) as striking styles, and snake disarm against all angles of attack. For the regular workshop portion, we did one last review of the balintawak groupings 1, 3, and 4, with some of us working on grouping 2 now too. We also worked several inserts where tapi-tapi fits in and vice versa. We discussed some of the differences even between balintawak flavors and implications as well. We did some work on clipping and how to apply it as well as soyup. Next week back to more modern arnis after the morning curriculum section.
  2. Today's arnis, 5 Nov 2017: Fun day in the rain. For the curriculum review, we finished up walking through the blue belt stick work with palis-palis and with basic starter drills for RvR tapi tapi (parts of what used to be called cane semi sparring): striking pattern, entries (2), butting (3), and exits (2). We started on green belt material with focus mitt additions to sinawali boxing drill and then backfist destruction. For the regular workshop portion, we did some basic concepts for grab releases up/down/in/out/R/L/cntr-clockwise/clockwise/twist/fulcrum (and tweaks and combinations) and how to turn those into locks with simple traps and correct angle management. Then we went on to some inserts for cane retention releases then worked on an old RvR drill from the '90's (#3, pakgang block and underhand sablig to #2, jam-block, trap-n-center, #7 poke, bump-down the centerlock while bringing tip up and twisting to block the #7, then feed your own #3 and repeat), including to a fast, alive-stick version, and and a moving non-imobilized portions when grabbed. Still much more cane retention to work, as well as more advanced tapi-tapi.
  3. Today's arnis, 19 Nov 2017: Started right into modern arnis purple belt review with empty-hand work: sinawali pad drill (turning 1st four moves of double sinawali into pad feeds and then cross-hook-cross) using 4 different variations (duck-and-weave on #4, shield on #4, backfist destruction on #1 then duck-and-weave on #4, then shield on #4 and hook-cross-hook . From there, we went to sinawali boxing with pad drills: crossada and double-feed. We also went over WMAA's Baston Anyo Isa, with two detail updates. For the regular workshop section we worked on a 10-count espada-y-daga contrada that Tuhon Guro Jack Latorre shared the prior weekend (thanks sir!), working it free-standing, mirrored 2 people against each other, and finally as a standalone series with the opponent blocking or dodging. The group really liked both these and the pad drills. Lastly, we went over dulo-dulo work with guntings (both closing and opening) and backfist destruction - four variations of each case, and also done with either hand and against either hand. Fun day in the semi-cold wind!
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  4. Today's arnis, 26 Nov 2017: We started off with a review of the empty-hand curriculum for purple belt, reviewing focus--pad sinawali boxing drill with crossada, then focus-pad sinawali boxing double feeds with single and dos manos shields and CHC (cross hook cross) and HCH variations.

    Then we went on to hubad, linear (inside) and angular (outside) with some emphasis on timing the last half so as to eliminate the windup and force them to block correclty.

    Then we went on to empty-hand applications for heaven 6, starting by connecting doble baston heaven 6 sinawali, to single baston BCC (block check counter), to trapping hands. That led to the three variations required: normal trapping hands but finishing with hammer fist; trapping hands against a jab-cross inside variation (parry jab, other hand parry cross and simultaneous close to upward elbow and hammer fist with the jab-parrying hand); and trapping hands vs jab-cross, outside variation (parry jab, other hand parrying under and across to pull and grab while jab-parrying hand does hammer fist, and finish with other side upward elbow and hammer fist - then I added a nice floating ribs hook with the jab-parrying hand).

    From there we worked the figure 4 lock from an armbar that's not working (resistance, bad positioning, etc): fold their elbow (down or pull or both) while pressing wrist towards them and motion like elbowing their face (or can actually do) while using your wrist contact to bend the wrist and continuing to control their elbow up over your bicep, then lock. Or can step your non-wrist holding side back and twist hips to do the throw.

    For the last bit of purple belt material, we worked the basic finger lock flow set from a cross wrist grab (handshake grab): 2-finger lock, 1-finger lock, standing center lock, pull-through, and repeat. Description: 2-finger lock: step other side forward and outward and raise hand to set up that side hand's two finger (pinky and ring) lock upwards and away from them, then other hand hook tip of their forefinger (also works on thumb or middle finger) in your thumb web while using last three fingers as the fulcrum against the back of their wrist and you twist and point down to the bug on the ground to do the 1-finger lock. Then rotate their forefinger down and in to make their elbow go up, reach other hand across the back of their hand to go for standing center lock. Then, pull them through and slightly shift your grip as they pass to take advantage and go into 2-finger lock, again upwards and outwards from them. Variations include wing lock from 2-finger lock (just pull their elbow in over yours and compress), 2-finger choke from standing center lock (as you pull them in you shoot your inner arm across their throat still keeping the standing center lock type lock and choke and steal their balance, drop throw from standing center lock (you move the lock past and down their ear on the same side to drop them in place - there are some fine points of timing, balance, and angle that have to play together here, but they're all easily sensed once you get used to it).

    Lastly, we reviewed the Pekiti Tirsia contrada from last week, going over timing, placement, alternate uses depending on what is where when (did you strike, did they block or move, did you block or attack their attack, etc), both in the air and 2-person. It's smoothing out a bit, but we'll need more work of course. Might have to pick up some more contradas from Tuhon Jack Latorre when I see him next - the group really liked the flow and movement.
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  5. Today's arnis, 3 Dec 2017: Along with 4 regulars, it was nice to see a new face today as well as an old friend who's usually not available on Sundays. Continuing on with the purple belt material, we covered the forearm strip disarm against all the basic strike angles, from optimal (A) to good second (B) to not recommended (C) to don't even try it (D). Most forehand strikes and the straight poke work well enough, but most backhand are either a stretch or just don't do it. We worked some Palis-palis finishes including the gooseneck and the neck scissors, again trying against all the basic angles. We reviewed double sinawali for a bit (and added several 2-vs-1 variations for some). Then we worked RvR tapi-tapi palis entries (backhand and forehand) and made sure to stress the real pressure and targeting required to make it more than simply going through the motions, and some insertions. Then we worked the cross-arm lock sequence of 4 locks, stressing the traps against the back of the wrist, the "3rd hand," transition angles, punch and cane strike insertions. After that, we reviewed last week's focus mitt material: sinawali pad drills andsinawali boxing using crossada and double feed. Then we did a quick review of the 1-2 drill (also called empty-hand tapi-tapi, or 3-2-3, etc), with some reminder of sneaking locks in on every contact. Good day!
  6. Today's arnis, 17 Dec 2017: I wasn't feeling well today, so we kept it simple, working on reviewing Balintawak's grouping 4 aknd the three variations. We also made sure to review basic play and an alternate entry to the 3rd variation of grouping 4 (pakgang block and sablig done versus the backhand strike to the head that the defender does after stopping the low strike and simultaneously destroying the elbow as part of basic play). All this was to set up 3 hand-offs to work groupings in a give-and-take manner wherein the driver gives clues for the defender to take the lead and drive by not stepping to add pressure and not clipping the hand on the first #12 strike/punch in Basic Play. these latter are the 3 hand-off variations at the end of Tom's notes for this day in the Arnis Exploration Facebook group. This way it trains opportunistic sensitivities, but if the defender doesn't take the lead then the driver just keeps driving and working on whatever they want - it's up to the defender to be aware and adapt to the opportunity.
  7. Today's arnis, 14 Jan 2018: 14 degrees, schmorteen degrees! Some stalwarts made it out on a fine day for today‚Äôs Arnis. For the curriculum work we went over brown belt Mano-Mano work with siko-tuhod, siko destructions, and ankle destruction. Footwork, targeting, and linking elbow and hammer fist follow ups were some of the emphases. We also went over brown belt dumpy with diving throw, rotary throw, and spinning backward throw, working these off the earlier Mano-mano stuff. After that, we did a quick review of Balintawak basic play and 3 variations of grouping 4. [​IMG]

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