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#khruLoki from this past February in #krabikrabong class at #ancientfiredojo.

Krabi Krabong was developed from the fields of sword-and-spear era battle in Thailand. It has a deep catalogue of techniques for generating power along lines of attack with high levels of effectiveness against both armoured and unarmoured opponents. This power translates very well to using a stick instead of a sword, where damage is done through blunt force instead of cutting.

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Some sacsac vs pakal (hammer vs icepick grip) knife work from a #pekititirsiakali class this past winter with #guroEdwin at #ancientfiredojo illustrating the truism that attacking opens you up to attack. No tactics are perfect, and no approach is foolproof, especially in a confrontation with a knife.

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#guroStas at #ancientfiredojo showing some application of some #pekititirsiakali footwork drills; specifically, combining ducking with evasive footwork to get off the line of attack.

Remember the first rule: don't get hit!

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#guroZack and #guroStas working some #espadaYdaga ("sword and knife") in #pekititirsiakali class at #ancientfiredojo.

Traditionally done with a sword and dagger, this is frequently now practiced with a stick and knife (which may be properly called "baston y daga"). The knife, while much further away from an opponent than the stick or sword, is extremely useful both offensively and counter-offensively. Here, guro Zack is showing how it can be used to assist in attack redirection while counter-cutting with the stick.

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Safety equipment is always situational!

#guroStas working a drill with gloves on so some contact can be made. #pekititirsiakali class was working on converting the #parupau strike into a hand-level slash.

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Sailing home after a hard day of instructor testing - PTK Canada has another kick ass instructor and she’s on fire!! 🔥 🇨🇦 ⚔️ Introductions coming up!! ...

#guroBrett #greydog getting in some tire time during a #fightlab class from earlier this year.

No magic, no shortcuts, no secrets: practicing power mechanics is the way to build power. Do the reps, put in the time, and you'll pack more of a punch. Yes, lifting weights can help, but good mechanics with less muscle has a better payoff than more muscle with bad mechanics.

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From the archives...

#khruLoki doing some of the #ram for single sword (#daab) in #krabikrabong. The steel trainers are a great training tool; students frequently use long rattan when sparring, but steel reminds you of an important point: rattan doesn't have an edge, and a sword does.

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#guruZack doing some ground game in #pencaksilat class at #ancientfiredojo.

Being on one's knees in front of a standing opponent is a disadvantageous position, but not a defenseless one. Working on technique from a disadvantage is a key skill in the #warriorarts.

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Buddhai Sawan Krabi Krabong - weapon arts for the Thai-minded martial artist - mae sowks (forearm clubs) and plong (staff) pictured. @buddhaisawan is hosting the 2020 Virtual Training Summit Sep 12 to Nov 1 - the fight never stops! Classes returning to Ancient Fire in November. #krabikrabong #muayboran #muaykecheuk #buddhaisawan ...

New knife design developed by @ptkgts - preorders being taken. Saksak pakal or maliit - this has all the grips covered #pekititirsiakali ...

One of the important details in #pekititirsiakali is what we call "chambering": where do you put your weapon when it is not actively striking or blocking? Here we see two options: #guroChris (left) is holding two sticks, with the stick in his left hand in a "shoulder load". This keeps his hand out of range, and in a place where they can generate a serious amount of power on demand. On the right, his student is holding his empty left hand at the hip. This happened for two reasons: one is sympathetic rotation through the shoulders to generate power; the other is if he were holding a knife (as in espada y daga, or "sword and knife"), that low load is frequently used to effect low thrusts, under the line of attack with the long weapon.

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Some more #sibat practice at #ancientfiredojo during a #pekititirsiakali class with #guroZack.

Mobility is important in the #warriorarts, and mobility should never be limited to being on your feet. Either through evasion or slipping, you may end up on one or both knees, or your side, or your back. Practice the transitions between these states, and you will have an edge over anyone who didn't.

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#tuhonLoki going over some fine points of angle control for deflecting strikes in #pekititirsiakali.

There are many specialized strikes in #ptk that are meant to do something in addition to impact, such as the florete, the luak, and the hanus. All of these strikes have a secondary effect of deflecting the incoming weapon well off its expected trajectory, making them an excellent tactical addition to a student's toolkit.

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Some #doblebaston practice (specifically the "upper eight" pattern) in #pekititirsiakali class at #ancientfiredojo.

Time spent refining the basics is never time wasted.

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#guroZack walking through a curious drill: the #pekititirsiakali 64 Attacks set on both sides. Students had one stick in each hand and broke the 64 Attacks into sequences they repeated with each hand. Breaking your own expectations is a good way to avoid"burning in" a specific sequence of movements, which would make you predictable.

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#guruZack playing the drum during #gadjahputih #pencaksilat class at #ancientfiredojo.

Music and Indonesian #warriorarts like #silat are inextricable from one another. Practice is often done to the accompaniment of a several-performer group, such as a gamelan, playing traditional instruments.

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If you can do it with a #baston you can do it with a #sibat: here's a #witik to prove it!

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#guroStas in a #pekititirsiakali class in the park with a good reminder: just because you're opponent is holding a weapon doesn't mean that's what you're going to get hit with.

When it comes to bladed #warriorarts like #ptk leg techniques have to stay out of the "strike zone", because anything in it is likely to get hit. Therefore, strike low! Knees are easy to work in while closing distance (as shown here), and are a very powerful strike.

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