Solo Training Blog

One of the easiest ways to train on your own is by forms/katas.  Here is the Single Stick form Applications.

One of the easiest ways to train on your own is by forms/katas.  Here is the first half of our basic Single Stick form.



Week 17 – Hubud (Tie & Untie)

A few weeks ago I received an email from Tim, an associate in Alabama who had some questions about Hubud.  I hope that this video will answer some of the questions that many of you may have. Enjoy!


Week 16 – Block & Strike

This week we will take a look at some basic Blocking and Striking from the middle range. When working alone you can practice all of the blocks coming from one side as I am doing here in order to concentrate on the stick work or if you want to also work on footwork you can alternate (angle 1 then angle2, etc…). If you are new to FMA then I recommend that you just focus on the blocking and striking first.
When you get comfortable with the drill you can start adding more strikes like the Abiniko, Lobtiks (through strikes), Redondo (circular strikes) and others. Enjoy!


Week 15 – Earth 6 count

Here we finish the 6 count series and put them together.


Week 14 – Sinawali Standard 6 count
Double Stick: Standard Six Sinawali

There are 3 Sinawali drills that are usually taught together, Heaven, Standard and Earth.  These are all 6 count drills that teach attacks and counters for the Highline, Lowline and a combination of the two.
They are relatively simple to execute in addition to looking exciting to onlookers and are fun to perform.  Heaven. Standard and Earth can be practiced separately or together as we show in this video and will show in the next one.  You don’t need to practice for hours on end but just 10-15 minutes a day to help you to get the movements down and fix them into the muscle memory.  Try to imagine working with an opponent and not just go through the motions so that you will be able to get a better understanding of the movements.

Week 13 – Heaven

As I stated last time, Sinawali drills are more than just memorizing patterns in fact even though there are dozens and dozens of patterns I rarely teach more than six. It is pointless to learn 30-40 stylized patterns if you do not understand what you are doing.
We teach the drills strictly for the student to gain coordination, timing and reflex skills. It sharpens the lines of attack and helps the student to become ambidextrous with the weapons. They will learn proper distance and footwork when working with a partner.
Heaven 6 is one of the most commonly taught and recognized drills, but I am not convinced that everyone understands what they are actually doing in the drill. Here we try to rectify that.


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