This Saturday (April 28th), don’t miss the chance to see the “Down and Ground” Festival. This upcoming festival is meant help the practitioner understand real life distance, timing, skill and technique. It is also meant to instill confidence in one’s ability and skill over conditioning and sloppy sparring.
We will go over front and back sweeps (similar to 1-10 sparring techniques), and also introduce flying leg scissors, flying arm scissors, iron broom and tiger tail sweeps. The best part is, it is all finesse and skill based. There is no heavy lifting or much force at all. The most powerful and biggest opponent does not stand a chance! This is the first class that really gives the practitioner a glimpse of what real skill is and how powerful it can be.
Sweeps, like Tai Chi, are the ultimate equalizer.
The other side to the class is exploring distance, timing, using broken rhythms, combo attacks and how to control a fight psychologically. By disrupting the flow and rhythm of a fight, it can greatly alter the outcome.
If someone is fighting fast, go slow. Disrupt, like with the Number 17 Lohan, bow-natural-bow, the drunken systems, etc. This way the opponent is forced to stop and figure out or think about what you are doing because they have no idea where the flow and timing is.
The same applies to psychology. If someone comes into the fight serious and belligerent, make them chase you and be playful, laughing and smiling. If they are timid, close the distance and remain stern. By reading your opponent’s intent and spirit, you can control them by modifying your own spirit and intent. The main idea is to create a norm and then disrupt it to confuse your opponent and use that opportunity to win.
The majority of the class will then be spent playing with techniques, distance, sweeps and how to counter against them.
Sound like fun? It will be! Join us this Saturday and gain more confidence in yourself with sparring.