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Heading into the clinch in #stickfighting is worthy of a lot of practice. Many of the mechanics change at close range in ways that are not immediately apparent. For example: the fighter in red is chambered for low stabs, but in order to get the most bang for the buck, he should drop into a cross lead, putting his weapon hand in back, which is not the usual stance.

The fighter in black is reaching for the weapon arm shoulder, to start locking down the movement of that arm, and should also consider getting his hand up to his opponent's mask, because he'll want to ensure he gets better head position, which is on the inside and a little lower than your opponent's.

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A closeup of a wooden-handled #daab sword from the Thai art of #krabikrabong.

Steel trainers are a great way to ensure you are practicing good edge orientation while practicing; it's easy to forget that your "stick" is actually supposed to be a sword that you are cutting with, not smashing with.

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#guroChris and #tuhonLoki going over some fine points of gripping for control or disarm during #espadaydaga (sword and dagger).

Many of the #warriorarts have noted that a grip forges a connection that can be exploited by either side: grabbing my arms lets me move you, just as you can move me. However, you can still learn to exert control over a limb without opening that kind of hole.

Interested? Check out https://ancientfire.ca for our current class schedule!

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#guroEdwin with today's uncommon training tool: the plastic water bottle.

The bottle is a great training tool for working knife techniques. Just about the right size, light enough to move quickly, stiff enough to use repeatedly, soft enough to not hurt, and it makes a loud noise on contact with either a slice or a stab.

This lets students be more comfortable with moving at a more "real world" pace than they may with wooden or metal trainers, which in turn lets them get a better idea of just how hard it is to pull off some techniques with a partner who isn't moving at "training speed". Finding ways to move training closer to a "real world" experience makes for both better understanding and appreciation of the material.

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#khruLoki with steel #daabsongmue (double sword) trainers at at #krabikrabong class at #ancientfiredojo last winter.

Sometimes referred to as a "Thai machete", the daab has a very long handle in relation to its cutting length. The handles are often used defensively, used to block incoming cuts. Additionally, the length of the handle also serves to move the balance point of the sword closer to the hand, making them more maneuverable.

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Some #pekititirsiakali practice of the #DakupYPunyo pattern in the park. Dakup y punyo is an example of an asymmetric drill in #ptk; many of our partner drills have each side doing the same set of movements; with this drill, practitioners take turns between attack and counter, using triangular footwork to advance and evade.

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Many of the movements of #pencaksilat are practiced in a highly stylized manner that, to an unfamiliar observer, may look like dance. Both practices help instill an awareness of body positioning, rhythm, and timing, but the connection between the #warriorarts and dance is not one limited to Southeast Asia: capoeira from Brazil, the jian wu of China, and the Arab raqs al-saif are all examples of the intermingling of fighting art and dance.

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A conditioning drill from a #fightlab class this past winter at #ancientfiredojo: swing your stick while doing lunges. After all, why not exercise while you're exercising? And for added fun, do it in your gear! That's why we called it #sundayfunday.

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#guruZack leading some #palaradon practice in #pencaksilat class at #ancientfiredojo.

#silat training encompasses many distinct practices, all of which inform the others: for example the jurus, fixed sequences of motions, inform both the execution of individual techniques as well as a student's capacity to flow from one technique to the next.

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"Gearing up for Sunday class" used to mean wearing a different kind of mask, but these days this is the right choice for protective equipment!

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Some more flexible weapon training with #guroZack.

Weapon manipulation drills are a great way to build both dexterity and comfort with whatever you're holding. A flexible weapon like a chain moves very differently than a rigid weapon, given that it can flex at any point along its length, as shown here. This means that redirecting the weapon is a trickier proposition to do without an immediate loss of momentum.

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#gadjahputih style #pencaksilat hails from West Java, Indonesia. Its mascot is the white elephant, which serves as the inspiration for its focus on grounding ones weight into sturdy stances, and using that connection to drive your strength into technique.

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@3x_world_champion #kruMehdi going over some #teep (front kick) placement in #muayboran class at #ancientfiredojo.

The teep is an extremely flexible tool: attack or counterattack or defense or feint. It is also an extremely fast and powerful kick, capable of unbalancing or knocking over an equally-sized or larger opponent. Getting a reliable teep in your toolbox will definitely make you a better fighter.

Ancient Fire classes are back on, with Muay Boran classes Thursday nights. Please check out our schedule and safety plan at https://ancientfire.ca; we'd love to have you come out!

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Yes, it looks like a still from an action movie: the scenic backdrop, the uncertain footing, a weapon in each hand. But beyond the aesthetics, there is a purpose to training on uneven ground or strange surroundings like this: they're uncommon.

One of the big dangers of practice in the #warriorarts -- any of them -- is getting lulled by the artificiality of your training environment: an often padded floor; even lighting; temperature control; upbeat music. This is a great environment for learning something new (chaos is not a good backdrop for retention), but as a way to hone skills -- to gain a visceral understanding of WHY one does what they do -- it is lacking.

Stepping out of your comfort zone will force you to confront both the purpose of drills in a new way, and some points of technique you have perhaps overlooked in your training. So go outside: drill on a slope, or uneven ground, or barefoot in sand or knee-deep water. What does that do to your balance? Your timing? Your visual field? If not, why not?

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Protective gear like helmets and gloves are used during sparring, but not only then. Wearing them during training lets students practice at a higher "amplitude" with reduced concern for serious injuries. If you are interested in #stickfighting of any kind, from the #filipinoMartialArts to #krabikrabong to historical European Martial Arts and beyond, practicing some drills with intent to hit (which is easier to accomplish if you don't have to worry as much about harming your partner!) is an excellent learning tool.

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The buckler is a shield design found in many cultures. It is usually not much larger than the hand that holds it, and can be made of anything from wood to steel. Its maneuverability is one of its great strengths, being usable to provide protection to the weapon-holding hand, or to strike with.

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Some #pekititirsiakali in the part with #ancientfiredojo. If you'd like to get back into (or into for the first time) some #warriorarts training, but don't want to do it inside, join us on Sundays! The #filipinoMartialArts often use sticks as a stand-in for the traditional short swords of the Philippines, so maintaining distance is easy. Check the schedule at https://ancientfire.ca to see what we have on offer!

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#krabikrabong is a fantastic system for learning how to absorb and redirect power. One of the ways this is accomplished is through the dropping of body weight during a block. This does two things: first, your legs act like shock absorbers, taking some of the strain off of your arms and shoulders; second, the motion leads you to a place where you can "uncoil" explosively, using some of the largest muscle groups in your body to propel yourself forward.

#ancientfiredojo classes are on again! Check out https://ancientfire.ca for our current class schedule. Also available is the safety plan Ancient Fire has implemented -- maximum class sizes, increased cleaning, and the like -- to help ensure a safer environment for students. If you're looking for some exercise, or have been interested in getting into (or back into) the #warriorArts, come give us a try!

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Some footwork drilling during a Sunday #ancientfiredojo #pekititirsiakali class in a nearby park. If you're interested in trying out (or getting back into) #martialArts come and give this a try! Sunday classes are outside a few blocks from #ancientfiredojo, and Tuesday classes are inside. Check https://ancientfire.ca for our class schedule, and come and see what a class is like!

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Some pad work in #muayboran class at #ancientfiredojo.

The knee is a short range but devastating weapon. The usual targets for knee strikes are from the thigh through the abdomen, but anything you can reach can be kneed.

@3x_world_champion #kruMehdi teaches Muay Boran at Ancient Fire Thursday evenings. Check out https://ancientfire.ca for the full class schedule, and peruse our safety plan while you're there.

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