9/05/2012 9:52am, #11
How's your overall fitness? I can't speak to FMA specifics but for martial arts in general you can learn a lot more in class if your fitness is good enough so that you're working on technique rather than not puking.
9/05/2012 9:58am, #12
9/05/2012 11:23am, #13
I'm sure there will be plenty of "go find a real teacher" posts here, so I'll say something a little different. Can a person cultivate a good baseball bat, tennis racket, or golf swing using solo training methods? In my opinion, absolutely. There are a number of details in body mechanics that can be honed by oneself and training devices- how one incorporates all of the joints into a basic asterisk pattern of strikes, what one does with the alive hand, lightness on the feet and a stance that's the correct foot position and balance distribution, when to tense and when to relax. There's plenty of details that can be worked on before ever working with another person.
Of course, stickfighting, like all types of fighting, is a relational activity, so a partner is needed to fully practice. I'd say stickfighting is properly learned with at least 2/3 of time focused on partner drills.
A stack of tires is a good place to start to learn how to hit with power. My favorite training device for solo work is a hanging training cross, called a desquerdes. Here's my old one:
There's a DVD by James Keating that shows how to build one and how to practice with it. Part of its usefulness is that you can experiment and play around with unarmed and armed techniques and explore the common themes between stickfighting and the skills you've already learned.
Of course, there's also the concern that learning on your own will lead to bad habits you will have to unlearn later if/when you learn from a real teacher. I found the opposite true though- I fought in a few stickfighting events before I started FMA proper (I just had a kung fu with weapons + fencing background) and did okay, and I think I was actually better able to pick up FMA since, rather than making it more difficult.
9/05/2012 2:51pm, #14
- Join Date
- Nov 2007
- Kennewick, WA
If you are planning on attending a specific FMA school in the future, I would talk with that instructor about recommended resources. My first exposure to FMA training was the "Real Contact Stick Fighting" series, and the teaching method for the first three tapes was taught by Eric "Top Dog" Knauss, and he taught what was largely Pekiti fundamentals. My friend and I diligently followed those tapes, and then I was able to get real instruction, but the instructor I could find was a Serrada Eskrima guy, lets just say what I had practiced via the tapes wasn't at all applicable to the Serrada training method.
So talk to that Modern Arnis school you are planning on attending in the future and see if you can't get a crash course (via privates or whatever) to get an idea of what they teach and then use a supplement that they recommend.
9/05/2012 4:03pm, #15
- Join Date
- Feb 2011
Simple breakdown of some attributes that you need to be a stickfighter, and if you can train them solo:
Good form swinging: Yes
Targeting: Yes for simple targeting. Defensive targeting of opponent (moving hands, etc.), no.
Making impact with something: Yes (tire drills, etc.)
Footwork: Somewhat (simple footwork is fine, reactionary adjustments, no)
Checking: Not too much
Evasion: Not too much
Timing: Not too much (Can use a dummy such as Permalost's for some training)
Angle recognition for defense: No
Takedowns: Not so much (can use a dummy, but limited)
Range finding: Yes for offense, no for defense
This isn't a definitive list by any means, but it'll give you some idea of what you can do solo, and what you can't.
9/05/2012 4:30pm, #16
9/05/2012 5:17pm, #17
When you're stuck by yourself it's a good time to work on power.
Hit the tire. Hit it a MEEEEELLLLLIIIIONN times. Hit it like you want to kill it!
Go through your forms and practice every strike on the tire or bag or tree or whatever you have.
Take the time to focus on your body mechanics and really master each movement.
Work out like mad and boost your strength and endurance.
New techniques may be all but impossible to develope without outside input, but absent of that this is a chance to bury yourself in the basics you already know. All the flashy dance moves in the world mean **** all if they don't hurt when you deliver the strike. So work on building that POWER.
BREAK THE TREE!!!!
9/05/2012 7:57pm, #18
- Join Date
- Jul 2008
9/05/2012 8:13pm, #19
9/05/2012 11:49pm, #20
The desquerdes can take an okay hit, but its PVC core wrapped in pipe insulation wrapped in duct tape, so its not great for hard power hits. I was able to destroy my first one with power hits that cracked through the "skeleton", shattering it into pieces with each hit, but that was intentionally to destroy it to make a new one. It held up well for a long time before I did that, and I would hit it with strikes to the hands/forearms, as well as tigbas across the midsection.
Desquerdes can be made out of all sorts of materials. I've wanted to make a rattan one for a while.
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