Agility and Footwork

TacArnis streamlines training by using ‘Instructional Alignment’ built on a concept training approach… which is fancy teacher talk that simply means:  We use the same basic ideas/theories (Concepts) to teach different skills and abilities.  The major advantage is the speed for the learner.

  1. New material can be learned more quickly because the format of instruction is familiar from prior lessons.
  2. Movements/patterns are built ‘into the bones’ of students quickly for application under stress.
  3. Concepts/tactics grow beyond ‘techniques’ because students apply the same movements under a different stressors/situations.
  4. Students will be ‘faster’ because they can adapt the same patterns of movement to fit situations instead of the ‘if the attacker is doing this, you respond with that…’ approach (which slows down the OODA loop process considerably).
As a student and a teacher I stress ambidexterity in training as well, so notice that I move the patterns with both left and right leads as well as using both my left and right hand w/ the stick.
This vid was shot after about 70 burpee combos with stick strikes, focus mitt drills, and pistol draws, so ‘when’ you include this type of training into a class can add a challenge factor as well.  This was like trying to rub my stomach and pat my head while tap dancing – but it still beats a day on the treadmill as far as I’m concerned.

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T.A.W.G. 3/29 workout rewind

Thanks to Tom, Tony, and Sabrina for shredding through technique to get to purpose.

Training Objectives/Outcomes:

  • The devil is in the details – so keep things ASAP (as simple as possible) to get it over ASAP.
  • Training specific ranges (corto/close, medio/medium, largo/long) is only for TRAINING!  Reality means changing ranges to get the job done.
  • Sticks should be ‘punched’ out instead of ‘swung out’ to keep your hand inside the ‘body rectangle.’
  • Blocks are strikes and strikes are blocks.

Habits are hard to break and training habits don’t always translate to good application.  Training drills are essential to get better at specific skills, but should not be confused with application drills.  Tom, Tony, and Sabrina did a great job of changing gears when we switched between training for skill development and when we were training for application.

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T.A.W.G. 3/22 workout fun as usual

Thanks to Tom, Dale, Sabrina, Dianna, Rick, Tony, and Alex of another fun one.

Training Objectives/Outcomes:

  • Footwork vs. “Stance”
  • Tactical Arnis is a high mobility system
  • Controlling your movement while disrupting the bad guy’s
  • Intro to the T.A.W.G. footwork patterns.

The difference between training ‘footwork’ and training ‘stance’ is difficult to grasp for some, but the great thing was to watch Sabrina and Dianna (very new students) working through the confusion.  It was just as interesting to watch some of the more experienced students making connections and sharing their lightbulb moments.

Next week: Scenario games!

T.A.W.G. 3/15 workout a blast again

Thanks to Dan, Dale, Michele, Sabrina, Tom, Tony, Dianne, and Alex for another good workout.

Training Objectives/Outcomes:

  • Highlight circular movements (Single Siniwali concept and application, Downward figure 8 stick strikes, bob/weaving)
  • Reinforce the importance of relaxed/soft motion with circular movement.  It’s about redirection/guiding.
  • See the linear vs. circular relationship for the ‘bigger picture’ of training.
  • COMMIT to a choice – OBSERVE the threat, ORIENT to it, DECIDE on the response, and ACT!!!!!
  • We also did a little forensic reenactment of the “Tony Carpet Slide” incident from last class – too funny.

Next week:  Movement vs. Stance.