Merge Theory

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  1. With the drill demonstrated at about 22:00 would it be correct to say the pattern is Roof – Malayu – Frondo – FH Diagonal – Brondo – Brondo for teaching purposes?

  2. I’m having a helluva time putting the names to it haha!

    I find myself thinking in terms of meets, merges (sliders and skidders) and follows and doing what I need to do to make them happen.

  3. 😳 Awesome and Comprehensive vid lesson.

    Answers a lot of questions and provides new nuggets of information.

    Flight time to be invested in these new partner drills.

  4. Man I love this stuff. When I saw Guro Lonely put the stick on his leg at 4:40ish and slap away/counter it gave me a shiver. Have seen that in some old HEMA manuals (sword vs sword and dagger vs a spear) but this proves it to me. Great vid!

  5. Was working the lesson with focus on the single stick today, plus Power Strokes. In the two hours of training, did not make it to Lonely’s 8 Count. Some of my training partners needed a review on the strikes used, ie malayu, redondo…Also, worked Bilateralism with techniques and drills. Plenty of information to cover here. Not including the staff portion. Woof!

  6. In yesterday’s class, we worked on smooth transitioning between the Time Machine Game and Rolling Thunder. To do this we deepened our understanding of how to use our ABCDario skill set.

    At the heart of our ABCDarios is the understanding that the stick rotates either clockwise or counter clockwise. The more smoothly we can transition between the two without detection, the harder we will be to read and the more we can put our opponent into a reactive modality instead of a proactive one and by so doing take control of the fight.

    I mention this things here so that you as a teacher can motivate the drilling required to mastery of the various strokes individually (Malayus, Frondos, Brondos, Horondos, etc) as a foundation for higher level trickery.

    For simplicity in the context of single stick, let’s say I am with the stick in my right hand. If I am doing the Clock (with right stick I am rotating counter clockwise) my backhands- including the Malayu) will came out most readily as will my Frondos and Cavemans, but not Bitch Slaps or Bolos.

    But if I am rotating clockwise on my forehand side, then the forehands (Bolos, Bitch slaps, and Cavemans but not Frondos) then will be what come out most readily.

    The more fluidly we transition between the two rotations, the more readily we can craftily deceive our opponent as to what angle/plane of motion we will be striking on.

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