As with the AGILITY AND FOOTWORK post, this one highlights one of the central training ideas of TacArnis –
TRANSLATION (The ability to apply a concept/tactic/technique in a variety of situations effectively with available resources).
Tactical Arnis focuses on using sticks/weapons as training aids not solely as ‘weapons.’ There is a danger in getting really good at swinging rattan sticks intricately… you can only swing rattan sticks that way. When will you have them in a practical, realistic self defense situation? You probably won’t.
But, you will have a belt, broom handle, shoe, pencil/pen, bookbag, car keys, flashlight…
So we ‘train smart’ and keep things simple with a priority on fundamental concepts and movements at every level of training.
In the video below are a few patterns/translations that are common to Filipino Martial Arts (FMA’s).
Double “Siniwali” (weaving) – Stick translation to empty hand reinforces combination strikes and continuous motion.
Downward Figure 8 – Stick translation to empty hand is either a hammer fist to back hand or hook punch to backhand strike.
Upward Figure 8 – Stick translation to standard upper cuts (fist or palm strike) as well as upper cut looping to a hammer fist to the grown.
These are obviously not the only translations of these concepts, but they are a good start.