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Tuhon Philip Gelinas (left) and Tuhon Nick Papadakis in a #pekititirsiakali double knife combatives seminar this past winter at #ancientfiredojo.

There are three traditional pairings for double knife techniques in #ptk: double sacsac (hammer grip), double pakal (icepick grip) and mixed grip. The mixed grip is usually done with the left hand knife in sacsac and the right in pakal, and this is the two Tuhons showing why that is: the right hand pakal knife imitates the punyo (butt end) protruding from the bottom of the hand in #espadaydaga (sword and dagger) techniques.

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Conditioning in #krabikrabong class at #ancientfiredojo.

Why just do sit-ups or rep out a bunch of strikes and blocks when you can rep out a bunch of strikes and blocks WHILE doing sit-ups?

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@3x_world_champion #krumehdi going over guarding during the knee in #muayboran class at #ancientfiredojo.

Just because you're on the attack doesn't mean you don't also have to be defending; and just because you're under attack doesn't mean you shouldn't be looking for openings to exploit.

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A small piece of #warriorarts wisdom: when you throw someone, you CAN let go of them, you don't HAVE to let go of them. As a matter of fact, why let go if you've gone through all the trouble of hitting them with the planet? Follow up with a joint lock!

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Sometimes people in #krabikrabong put on some gear so they can go a little "higher amplitude" in their drilling. As one of our teachers put it: the gear isn't SO you can get hit, the gear is IN CASE you get hit. This is an important distinction, and helps students not rely on padded gloves or a helmet to keep them safe.

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A traditional blade of the Philippines: the #ginunting, this one with a small guard.

A traditional Visayan tool-and-weapon in one, it has been adopted as the official edged weapon of the Philippine Marines. It is a very effective weapon in close quarters, and is one of the canonical weapons taught in #pekititirsiakali.

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Two people, four arms in different positions. It doesn't look like much, but either of these people can use either hand offensively or defensively ("counter-offensively" in #pekititirsiakali terms). Why? Because each person has left themselves options: both sticks are in position to block or strike, and both knife hands are well placed to either guard or cut. They are "loaded", and ready to respond to whatever the other brings out.

The scenery's not bad, either!

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The gong that sits in #ancientfiredojo.

Music is integral to many of the #warriorarts of Southeast Asia. From the Indonesian archipelago through the mainland of Thailand and beyond, music has accompanied the fighting arts for centuries. In fact, in many of Southeast Asian cultures, the difference between "dancing" and "fighting" verges on the semantic.

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Entering towards your opponent should be done with caution: you are, literally and figuratively, stepping into the danger zone, so don't be nonchalant about it. One option, courtesy of #guruAnnie in #maphilindo style #pencaksilat class: do it behind an elbow.

This spiking elbow can be devastatingly effective: your whole body weight moving behind a very strong piece of bone is not a threat to be taken lightly, even during training: this motion can crack ribs, so be cautions during training!

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It can be difficult to generate much power while throwing rising shots (a #pekititirsiakali angle 3 or 4, for example) when #stickfighting. The key is body mechanics and, of course, footwork. Getting your body motion behind the strike definitely ups the amount of available mass to drive the strike, instead of relying on just the active muscles.

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The #stickfighting equivalent of the adage "beware an old man in a profession where one usually dies young" may be "beware anyone on their third mask, especially if they're wearing a shirt with a cute cat on it." #ancientfiredojo #onetribe #vancouverbc #warriorarts ...

#guroEdwin with some arm locks in #pekitirsiakali class at #ancientfiredojo.

Sometimes, even in a weapon art, using the weapon isn't the right call. Situations are fluid, and having more options -- more tools in the toolbox -- is not a bad plan. Locking up an attacker, even one that's armed, can be the right call in certain circumstances. Better to train it so you can, that wish you'd trained it after you couldn't.

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The sword and shield of #krabikrabong, one of the #warriorarts of Thailand taught at #ancientfiredojo.

It's an interesting pairing: one hand a weapon, the other hand a defense. Of course a dedicated student of the #warriorarts will quickly grasp the truth: they are both a tool, and both can be used to attack or defend. Blocking with a sword is second-nature, and a shield can be used to bash aside an enemies defenses to open them.

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#guroZack warming up the wrists with the #witik.

The witik (named after a "cheat", like dealing off the bottom of a deck of cards), or #abanico (movement like a fan) is a technique in #filipinoMartialArts that bears close study. It can be used both defensively and offensively, with a targeting volume that matches a slash. It is possible to put quite a bit of power behind a witik, but its main strength lies in getting very accurate with its targeting: the bridge of the nose, the temple, the wrist bone.

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@3x_world_champion #krumehdi going over the fine points of the lead hook in #muayboran class at #ancientfiredojo.

The lead hook is an extremely versatile, and deceptively powerful, punch. It is incredible in combination, as well as in response to a same-side straight hand (especially one that lags a bit on the return). #onetribe #warriorarts #vancouverbc #dojolife
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One of the great strengths of #krabikrabong is the training students get at dealing with receiving power and immediately responding to it. In a drill like this one, one practitioner gets to practice power generation with a jumping overhanded strike (being performed by #khruloki); the other gets to practice a very fast switch from defense to offense, by absorbing the strike and immediately going from moving backwards to forwards while striking.

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#pencaksilat in general -- and #gadjahputih style #silat in particular -- has a deep library of elbow striking techniques. The elbow is a formidable weapon at the inside range: huge amounts of force are transferable in a very short time.

With this in mind, it makes sense as to why the #golok is a popular weapon in Gadjah Putih It is traditionally held as shown here, running down along the forearm, which has the effect of turning elbow strikes into weapon strikes with virtually no mechanics changes required on the part of the practitioner.

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"Fencing line" practice with #doblebaston in #ancientfiredojo #pekititirsiakali class.

Movement can be forward or backward; striking can be fluid or broken. Practice everything in combination and your control, coordination, and timing will all improve.

We can't say what the food truck will do for you, though.

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#maphilindo style #pencaksilat is a complete #warriorarts system: from long range through ground grappling; unarmed and weapons; striking with every part of the body. "Trapping range" (the range where you can both strike and grab an outstretched limb) is where knees and elbows come into their own; drilling these techniques is difficult because of the amount of force involved, so control is of the utmost importance for your training partner's safety.

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#espadaydaga (sword and dagger; here stick and dagger) practice in #pikititirsiakali helps train range awareness, footwork, and speed. The knife requires dexterity and switfness to be effective, not power.

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