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.
- 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.