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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    Another thought occurred to me after I logged off last night - working on speed often causes people to lead with their hands because the last minute wrist-whip looks and feels faster. It's a costly mistake and one that a good instructor will notice and beat out of a student.
    Another gem I've had to learn the hard way:

    IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW FAST YOUR HANDS ARE IF YOUR FOOTWORK SUCKS.
    Last edited by FHoppy; 6/17/2013 5:59pm at . Reason: typo
    Quote Originally Posted by Canuckyokushin
    I would so do Buttsecks.

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    Unless it's for demonstrations or dance, **** lightweight sticks. There is almost no combative use for a six ounce stick. Any time I've played with lightweight sticks, I've broken them. Use a stick with the weight that you would fight with for learning technique, speed, and power.

    I play with a mid-heavy weight stick. These have enough mass to actually do some damage, they force my training partners to make legitimate blocks, and force me to use good form. Light sticks really mislead you as to what you can do combatively. People's blocks get shittier when they consistently play with light sticks, as it's easy to block their training partner's light stick. They also encourage people to arm hit as they are so easy to stop and redirect strikes in ways that would be impossible to do if the weapon had a little mass to it. And we have patty-cake.

    But honestly, you swing a six ounce stick at someone, what will you really do if you connect? Give them a nasty looking welt? Oooohhh... The terror! Is that going to stop any of you all?

    If you just want to work some conditioning of your grip and shoulder strength, a heavier stick can be of some use. For speed, not so much.

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    Quote Originally Posted by Honey Badger View Post
    IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW FAST YOUR HANDS ARE IF YOUR FOOTWORK SUCKS.
    Honey Badger has abaniko'd the correct.

    If your footwork sucks, everything sucks.

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    The fun of using a lightweight stick is when it's used against someone using a medium to heavy stick. It's a quick test of how good your technique and footwork is. I have a shorter, lighter stick that I like to use in class to see if I'm getting lazy.
    Quote Originally Posted by Canuckyokushin
    I would so do Buttsecks.

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