The sparring in Stick Fighting.
I want to call it stick fighting but it is a sector of Filipino Kali, Escrima, Arnis, etc. often you hear people criticize this type of style without knowing it but no one who wants to try to make sparring with an eskrimador even with rubber sticks.
Today social media has allowed people to make their fingers move on keyboards, already the mouth is more difficult and let alone enter a gym to confront each other in friendship to grow their art.
These contrasts are often more related to marketing and keeping pupils than to something real, especially when you claim to want to compete on issues like the stick with specialists in that field, or rather the first sector of Filipino Kali because there are 12of them, it is better for people to begin to understand that Kali is not the “stick” but also the stick.
Sparring in any discipline is the only real training tool to understand and learn how to use what you have learned during technical lessons.
Advantages of the practice of sparring in Stick Fighting
It is the only way you have to clearly identify your qualities, your weaknesses, and understand where to improve the technique but also learn to work under pressure with an opponent who attacks and responds to you.
It’s combat, it’s not just movement, so it’s done by at least two people attacking inside a space and time with single or combined combinations, fake, cunning, speed, power, etc.
Sparring is a fundamental training part to get out of the typical schemes of the technical studio and fully understand the chaos of the fight until you find a sense of it and find yourself at ease.
Not everyone can! but everyone can do it if they really agree to dive and not stay on the surface.
Sparring improves self-confidence, reaction speed, agility, visual-motor coordination, and adaptability to face different opponents with different heights, weight, speed, different skills, and adapt to attacks with weapons from different and unpredictable angles.
Sparring allows you to learn how to make the techniques learned in training work in a non-cooperative context that are correct but need that additional step to learn how to actually use them.
Sparring makes you understand how to reduce telegraph movements, increases the sense of distance and timing (timing), agility, and improves the recognition of targets your opponent exposes.
Another important thing is that it teaches you energy management to stay efficient throughout the sparring time.
Equipment for practicing stick fighting or practicing stick fighting:
For the practice of stick fighting with padded sticks with foam cover
- Rubber stick
- Helmet with grate or plexiglass or Goggles (depends on whether you can also hit the head)
- Shell for genitals
- Stick Fighting Gloves
- Helmet with metal grate from Stick Fighting,
- Headbands to put under the helmet,
- Rattan stick
- Stick Fighting gloves or Hockey Gloves,
- Protective bodice,
- Knee pads
- Shell for genitals
Types of Sparring in Stick Fighting and Stick Stick Fighting Methods
Sparring at a distance
This is the first experience for beginners who start working with an opponent who does what they want in front of them.
Both practitioners are at a great distance from each other (also called Largo Mano Range), about 3 meters.
This is the safest way to perform combined shots without contact, trying the footwork of the legs, analyzing the movement of the opponent and the speed of the sticks for the development of movements and reflexes.
It is important to always remain moving with the stick moving smoothly to hit the opponent (who therefore stays at a distance safely)
It is very important to move smoothly.
Conditioned sparring or technical sparring
This sparring method allows you to explore and test the techniques learned by continuing to perform the same technician, or combination with a specific flow sequence or technical structure, in order to develop attack or counterattack capabilities.
This allows you to perform that sparring situation over and over again to internalize the learned technique.
It is a sparring where they both know what to do but not the time and dynamics of attack and this forces while knowing what will happen to have a high level of attention and to develop a response time that is very important.
Sparring in contact with the limited target
I use this type of sparring a lot to work and hit only specific areas of the body such as only the hand or only the legs, or by making the two fighters work asymmetrically, where one can hit the hand and the other only the legs, etc.
Usually this method is performed with the use of few protective devices, with limited and specific contact targets, in order to develop combat tactics, increase attack accuracy.
Perform high attacks and the other low bass, counterattacks in attacks only low or only high or work on the defense where one attacks and the other defends itself or the typical protection of the armed hand, the hand holding the stick.
In this method of sparring the fights are short in time and stop when the goal is achieved, it can be any part but usually declares which is the target and works as if it were “a fatal blow” and practitioners repeat this process many times.
The aim is to develop the reaction speed and detect the opponent’s telegraph movements and go to a precise target.
You can play points for example who gets to 10 first.
Continuous contact or point sparring
I’ve already given you an example of point sparring with the knife where depending on the part of the body affected there is a value of points.
You can “play” points or time.
Points for example those who arrive first at 30 points or in time who has made the most points after 5 minutes and repeating multiple rounds with the same training partner or rotating with other fighters.
In addition, continuous combat puts you not only under pressure but also a different energy management because there are no breaks until the end of the points or time.
Sparring by Vale Tudo Stick Fighting
This is a full contact comparison with the maximum protective equipment to work safely.
Rattan sticks are used, and fighters as well as hitting with sticks can hit with their hands alive, kick, stab (in the case of sword y daga),fight and fight on the ground with the stick.
It is a fight using all the weapons of your body!
Stick Fighting Sparring Types for Filipino Martial Arts Practitioners
- A stick against a stick
- A stick against two sticks
- Two sticks against a stick.
- Two sticks against two sticks
- Long stick against a stick
- Long stick against two sticks
- Long stick versus long stick
- Single stick against knife
- Knife against stick
- Espada Y Daga (use of knife and stick)
- One stick for defense and one for attack or Nguni style
- Stick and Shield called Kalasag
- Improvised weapons against stick
Stick sparring is an experience that regardless of martial art or combat sports practiced is to be done.
Essential if you are a practitioner of Filipino Kali /Arnis/Escrima/Stick Fighting.
Surely the practice of sparring with a stick cannot be excluded if you practice personal defense or any defense system because the stick like the knife is a very common tool and easily available even among improvised weapons.
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