TAWG Workout Rewind 5/5/11˝


This week we were ‘cutting angles.’

In TacArnis, as in many FMA based systems, moving on angles instead of straight into or away from the bad guy is a big part of training.  We use a drill called “De Cadena” which loosely translates to “Chain” because we ‘link’ with our partner through a continuous flow of trapping hand feed/response.

Training Objectives/Outcomes:

  • Using good footwork/mobility to ‘cut the angle’ by moving on the “X”
    • Move ‘straight’ past the ‘bad guy’ on the angle.
      • Get into his blindspot
      • close to counter attack range quickly
      • move out of his ideal striking range by closing
  • Avoid the ‘side to side’ sweeping footwork habit.
      • It’s a lazy habit that makes the drill easier to do.
      • It keeps you in front of the bad guy.
      • You stay in his line of sight
      • the ‘sweep’ pattern eats time.
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4 thoughts on “TAWG Workout Rewind 5/5/11˝

  1. I do that all of the time. IMO it’s a necessary evil if you want to keep a “give and take drill” going. Otherwise you fall into a “three step sparring” mode where you have to trade off being attacker/defender. I think it becomes a problem when people drill so much that they mistake the intent of honing hand skills with practicing combative movement.

    • The fact that you know when you do it and why you do it is why I don’t worry about you LOL!

      Like any “Rule” this one is made to be broken too. If you move like the “don’t” video all the time and don’t know you are, that’s a bad thing. If you move like the “do” video all the time and don’t know, that’s a bad thing too. Getting to the point that the knowing is there and the choice can be made ‘on the fly’ is the ultimate goal.

      For beginners, I stress the “do” angle movement heavily to engrain the “rule.” If students start with the “don’t” sweeping movement first, it’s really difficult to get them to cut that angle because it’s easier to pull off the ‘sweeping’ movement.

  2. I like your approach and the key is making the techniques work not water them down so that they are easier. Good teaching requires that things get broken down and explained. The details and subtle points are gradually added as the student becomes better and better at the large gross movements which are first steps in learning something new.

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