FMA stick twirling and application
I was just wondering if any FMA bullies here do any "twirling" in their training? This thread is to discuss the practicallity or lack thereof with stick twilrling.
In my style of Balintawak Arnis we don't really put much emphasis onn twirling but we do have a group of strikes referred to as shadow fighting that includes some. Shadow fighting is basically a form or kata but it's more or less meant to function like the shadow boxing a boxer does, there's no footwork to the form, it's just a collection of moves performed and grouped together in order based on the types of strikes. Ultimately, the student can perform the strikes in any order and flow from one move to the next varying the footwork, but for grading the strikes are performed in a specific order. Shadow fighting incorporates a few twirling strikes, which are referred to as double strikes, and a triple strike as well. However, recently our styles' GM Bobby Taboada has changed shadow fighting and removed the double/triple strikes. I haven't gotten the full scoop on exactly why he made the change, I only know I was told he wasn't a fan of twirling.
As far as praticality of twirling goes or more specifically the double strikes we do in Balintawak I was taught the motion has a few applications. One, the first strike is a feint used to insight a reaction followed by an immediate full power strike. Another explanation, the first motion can be performed as a bouncing block or strike at the opponents stick followed by a full power strike. In either instance with these two applications the twirling motion looks slightly different than it is usually performed in the shadow fighting form or in other videos i've seen, mainly it's less fluid. These two applications seem to make sense to me but i'll admit I don't really use them in sparring though, of course IMO my FMA group doesn't spar nearly enough but that's another thread.