After quickly describing the didactic stance and the 3 most important typologies of strokes, we are going to expose 5 useful exercises.
Exercise 1 (to fortify the wrists):
- Let's take our 2 sticks (75cm each one)
- Let's properly grip both sticks (as we have already seen)
- Let's stretch the left arm in front of us with the stick facing up
- Let's position the stick so that it is perpendicular to the ground
- Let's tighten the arm in front of us and move the stick on our central line (the one who split in 2 identical parts our body)
- We have to hit the left stick with the one in the right hand (with passage blows)
- The first shot goes from left to right, the second from right to left and so on, cyclically
- The extended arm must maintain the stick perpendicolar to the ground
- We must gradually increase the intensity / speed of blows but we always aim for fluidity
- We can perform the exercise for 5-10 consecutive minutes (alternating our arms)
- We must strike away from our fingers and at a specific point (at our choice)
- This exercise can also be performed with a workout companion
Exercise 2 (for spatial intelligence):
- Let's take our 2 sticks (we can also use only one)
- Let's find a tree with low, long, intricate and not too thin branches
- Let's try to sequentially strike the branches (imagining to face real opponents)
- We have to use pentrating, passing and bouncing / vibrating blows (of which we have already mentioned)
- Let's try to gain precision in striking and to do not be blocked between sticks, arms, and branches
- We do not have to stand still (we must continue to move forward, back, jump, crouch, etc.)
- Let's perform this exercise for 5-10 consecutive minutes
Exercise 3 (for fluidity):
- We have to execute the Dragon Motion (we've talked about it several times) with sticks
- Let's start with 1 stick and then move on to 2
- Let's perform the exercise for 5-10 consecutive minutes
Exercise 4 (great to develop much of a warrior's skills):
- Let's do the exercise with the fabric cloth (we have already talked about it several times) with the sticks
- Let's start with 1 stick and then move on to 2
- We can perform the exercise for 5-30 minutes consecutively
Exercise 5 (great to develop much of a warrior's skills):
- Let's perform the exercise with the hanging mobile targets (of which we have already spoken several times) with the sticks
- Let's start with 1 stick and then move on to 2
- We can perform the exercise for 5-30 minutes consecutively
It should be said that doing these exercises well does not mean that we can sustain a fight with the sticks (or worse with swords), it means that we have acquired part of the skills we need to be able to effectively learn the fighting technique and adapt them to our attitudes / needs.
Later we will see other exercises capable of developing power, speed and finally fighting techniques; in the next article we will see some practical examples of variation of state (solid, liquid, etc.).
The basics of short sticks: base strokes and stance
After defining the didactic grip and the basic safety rules, we pass to the guard position. Without going into technical details (which we will see later) here are the basics of the posture that we will have to keep during our first approachs:
- Our body has to be in a 3/4 position in front of the opponent, one leg forward and one back
- Exception made for specific techniques, the forward leg is always the same of the armed arm
- If both hands have a weapon the on that is ahead is the one we use better, the longer, the more powerful, the more effective (generally the other one is a support for combinations and / or defense)
- The arms are bent and the stick in front of us is inclined at 45° (on the x axis), it is always pointing upwards at a height that allows us to quickly defend every vulnerable point (for now we do not see the double stick stance)
- The unarmed hand is (well active) behind the weapon at the height of the neck (ready to protect the face and body and &/ or to grab something)
- This pose is dynamic, steps, breathing, and every body element moves in harmony with the weapon we hang as if it was a prolungation of us
There are a lot of other things to say and details to correct for a perfect stance but for now it is enough. Let's instead pass on the basic blows:
- Penetrating blows (which "go trough" the target)
- Passing blows (wich hit and pass the target)
- Bouncing / vibrating blows (wich hit the target and step back)
Each of these macro-categories includes:
- Infinite types of circular movements, straight movements, broken movements (etc.)
- A large number of targets, trajectories, point of balance and loading options
- Combined state variations (solid, liquid, elastic and fluid)
Continuing the discussion in the next articles we will look at the basic exercises to train grip, strokes and states.
In this discussion we want to define the basics of the short sticks in the 6DKF:
- The first goal we set ourselves is to educate our body to move like a weapon
- Later we will learn to use sticks as real weapons (techniques, strokes, disarm, etc.)
As we have already seen, the short sticks we are going to use (read "At the base of each weapon: the short stick") has to be as much as possible similar: they must have the same weight, length, diameter and material.
Let's start from the handle:
- The stick is imagined as a sword, with a piece that cuts and one to grasp
- The stick has a bottom (the narrow one) and a top (the widest one)
- The stick is grasped on the slimmer side, iif this is not clearly distinguishable we can make a mark that reminds us of the location of the two ends (eg a circle for the handle and / or a flipped "V" over the tip)
- Our (single) hand should grab the stick at a distance of one fist from the handle end
- In the first type of grip we learn, all the fingers are closed around the handle and the thumb overlap the index
- The basic grip (which involves the whole body) must be elastic, not too rigid and not flush
- Wooden sticks are real impact weapons, therefore they must be used with caution
- When we have a stick in our hand we need to be focused as if we were using a sharp sword (this start us to get used to the security needed with the cutting weapons)
- Sticks should never get out of hand, fall, touch the ground or be dragged
- Our mind must always focuses on where it is and where is directed the tip of the stick
- Tip and (hypothetical) cutting parts should never be touched, neither actively nor accidentally
- As long as our spatial intelligence is not trained, let's move without looking for speed or power
- The tip (even if large and rounded) should always be away from the eyes;
- Let's pay particular attention to ears, nose, teeth and fingers
- We use two sticks rather than one to speed up training and improve coordination but when we deal with more technical issues we will start from scratch using one at a time
- If we never took a stick in the hand, we never made any kind of conditioning we will probably have some annoyance in the hands and especially in the wrists (it is normal, it depends on the weight of the sticks and the duration of the exercise)
- In the 6DKF, the use of rigid short weapons has several references to Kali / Eskrima, Silat, Wing Chun, Tai Chi and many other collateral contaminations (chinese, japanese, indonesian, western, etc.) but has also many differences, so we do not have to underestimate the details we will continue to expose
In the next article of this series we will see the position and the basic shots to go to the training of the limbs (arms, fingers, wrists, etc.).
The name 6 Dragons Kung Fu has a precise symbolic meaning: to reassume the 6 foundamental keys of our style.
These are the 6 immaginific dragons of our martial art:
- Agility, the snake devouring a scorpion and became a dragon
- Mind, the dragon-demon half man and half woman
- Strength, the dragon made of water that imprisoned the gorilla
- Resistance, the rats who stole the skin of a rhino and pretended to be a dragon
- Balance, the dragon-mantis who learned to move like a cat
- Space, the dragon with a thousand senses that perceived the universe and becomes nothing
These are the referring skills:
- Agility dominates speed, flexibility, flow, timing, use of weapons, reflexes, etc.
- Mind dominates techniques, self control, deception, logic, tactics, strategy, etc.
- Strength dominates breathing, Qi, power, body control, instinctive attack, etc.
- Resistance dominates mental / body conditioning, instinctive defense, surviving abilities, etc.
- Balance dominates equilibrium, rooting, states of interaction (solid, liquid, etc.), etc.
- Space dominates spatial intelligence, senses perception, constant attention, etc.
In these legendary figures resides and it is summed up the significance of the 6DKF's teachings. The perfect practitioner needs to possess the skills of all the 6 dragons.
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Andremo incontro ad un nuovo inverno. Ci sarà, ad aspettarci, col vento freddo, la giacca in un tessuto english scozzese, molto cool nella scelta della gamma dei colori. Eclatante, però, sarà l'abbinamento ad una gonna a fiori o ad un pantalone in una ulteriore fantasia, vivacemente ricamato, su fondo nero. A tratti verrà richiamato l'Est Europa, a tratti l'America Latina, tutto nello stesso outfit, con un ombrellino giapponese o con giacche kimono orientali. L'abito apparirà colorato, con maniche con grandi tigri stampate o con un'inaspettata cintura da gladiatore. Sul viso, grandi occhiali da vista anni'70, scegliendo miratamente i modelli che erano ritenuti davvero superati e giganti, per un intransigente effetto ritorno. E' il nuovo mood. E' Gucci. Ma rappresenta anche molti altri.
Tutto questo balenare di effetti speciali, si può vedere come l'esito del dilatarsi delle libertà apparentemente incondizionate della nostra società, che vuole sperimentare ogni cosa. La pagina della moda, come sempre, lo rispecchia e nel suo svolgersi leggeremo gli esiti e le risposte risultanti.
L'interconnessione è plurima e continua
Esiste inoltre un'altro motivo che delinea i nuovi trend. Esiste una fisionomia evolutiva che ben conosciamo e che marchia specificamente la nostra epoca: l'interconnessione plurima e continua. Internet e l'innovazione digitale hanno fatto sì che le nostre menti, e quindi le nostre vite, siano di fatto sempre interconnesse. Interconnesse con aree geografiche diverse, addirittura con epoche diverse, con culture diverse. Questo avviene sia per il mondo del colore, del sapore, sia nel mondo dell'arte, sia negli stili di vita. Il tipo contatto, in questo caso, non è astratto, ma reale, in quanto implica lavoro, studio, viaggi. E' vita. Da questo momento, la moda non può più essere la stessa. Essa è continuamente contaminata, sollecitata da mille e mille stimoli e situazioni diverse, che le hanno fatto perdere i connotati tradizionali, anche quelli che già sembravano essere trasgressivi. Una nuova Babele. Il costume si veste di modi di abbigliamento e di decoro del corpo provenienti dalle più svariate aree geografiche del mondo. Non solo, vive immedesimandosi in epoche diverse, riappropriandosene. I nostri viaggi non hanno più limiti. Tutto è da sperimentare. E tutto è fascino.
After dealing with the psychological aspect of mental preparation to combat, we move on to the physical aspect; Even though we often do not realize our body has a different physical form / reactivity:
- Every hour of the day (late night, early morning, etc.)
- Depending on the physical activity we have performed (heavy work, training, etc.)
- Depending on our mental state (which we have already talked about)
- Depending on our state of health (from simple colds, to aching limbs, etc.)
From a bodily point of view the best way to always be in a functional physical state of struggle is once again prepare ourselves in advance:
- Do stretching (not power stretching) and a bit of cardio every morning just waking up; this (in part) allows us to be flexible, powerful, fast and mentally positive even without having time to make proper preparation for the fight (eg during a sudden attack)
- Determine what our basic stretching is; knowing our body is the key to get the best results, we need to figure out on wich part we are most at risk of injury and rapidly (if the situation allows it) prepare that particular region
- Train on a daily basis intensely but always leaving enough energy to support a short fight; in this sense, in the concept of "workout" enter all the other activities that in our routine cause us to burn calories (work, sports, walking, etc.)
- Gradually accustom our body to endure during training pain (conditioning, etc.) and higher workloads (weighted vest, complex movements, etc.) so that we can feel under normal conditions that we can express superior performances (agility, speed, power, coordination, etc.); this is one of the 6DKF's fundamentals, training at 100 to deal easily with 10
- Learn to use breathing instead of muscle strength and economize movements / energies during clashes; in training the effort must be voluntarily "extruded" in combat voluntarily minimized
- Train (through variable context repetitions) muscle memory in relation to the (sequences of) fighting techniques that best fit our personality; our body must at the same time be able to act unconsciously (if taken by surprise) and to follow our tactical directives with precision
- Wear common clothes but that never diminish our martial mobility; especially if we are able to use kicks and knees it is crucial to have garments that do not limit the amplitude, power and speed of our strokes
- Wear at least one (legal) element of our clothing that can quickly be converted to an improper defense weapon (eg. a belt, a ring, etc.); the best way to prevail is to maintain always a fixed and immediate advantage
- Follow a healthy diet and drink plenty of water; as we have seen our Qi is strongly influenced by what our body assumes or does not assumes (read the article "Qi and proper nutrition")
Many other things could be said, but if we follow the psychological guidelines mentioned earlier and these last tips we will get the much-coveted result of being always ready to express a potential not less than 75% of our martial skills.
Once the mind is trained to be subject to our will it becomes rather "easy" to eliminate the most trivial psychological aspects as well as every type of other less intense physical weakness.
The real problem comes when what is limiting ourselves is a more serious physical problem, in the next article we will see how to behave in terms of more "serious" injuries and bad health states.
Being mentally able to express our best in a sudden self-defense situation is a goal far from easy to reach; we must be meticulously prepared:
- Through the use / control / channeling of emotions and sensations (eg. rationalization of danger, use of anger as last resource before succumbing, reflecting our fear to the adversary, etc.)
- Through realistic simulations (conceptual and practical) of the most effective strategies / tactics to be adopted; we need to test actual situations, from the simpler to the extreme ones (struggle, escape, gain of an advantage, deceit, ambush, etc.)
- Through daily meditation; if we manage to control our mind enough to free it from all thoughts and relax it, we can also "easely" impose immediate concentration on the idea of fighting
- Through mental conditioning; from the conscious suggestion, to the anchors (read the article "Fighting and mind control: the anchors") to the most advanced self-control techniques
- Through the awareness forged in hard, serious, focused and constant daily workout (which gives confidence to ourself, hampers the idea of suffering, resisting, accepting pain, and putting aside fatigue)
We will see all this in detail, but there is one thing that must be stressed: none of these practices work at the level of simple knowledge / poor practice. We must focus on the idea that we need to:
- Make a mistakes
Without practice, theory is useless, without full understanding, practice is vacuous.
In martial arts (and in life) everything that is really worth to be learnt is out of the idea of "trick / shortcut". The tricks exist and we will study them (because they must be known and are often effective) but they are and remain limited, they can be expected / elused. True aptitudes are always at our service.
In the next article of this series we will see how to be constantly ready to fight from a physical point of view.
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Although we have already published some materials ("How to train to master the 6 Dragons Kung Fu Style"), many people have asked for a "basic guide" to start training in the 6 Dragons Kung Fu. In this regard, we will illustrate the general path to follow (starting from scratch).
First, we must awaken our bodies from the dullness of modern life; It makes no sense to try to train as Shaolin monks if we are not even able to climb the stairs without having to face heart / breathing / joints / etc. problems (the first thing that kung fu must teach us is to do not be stupid).
Starting from a hypothetical state of total inactivity (and after evaluating our general health with our physician), let's see the first steps to develop the 6DKF in us:
- Let's start with a few minutes of physical activity but let's do it every day, without excuses, nothing is more impelling than our workout (read "The constant training in everyday life")
- If we are overweight, a little "old" (read "The right age to start practice") and / or totally inactive from the physical point of view, 5-30 dayly minutes are fine (we will grow them gradually)
- Let's divide our time between warming, stretching and especially executing the most important exercises of 6DKF (training with fabric cloth, hanging moving targets and wooden poles, we've already explained them in past articles)
- At this stage, we have to forget every martial approach (we will learn the techniques when we start familying with our body)
- We have to keep high the guard (hands near the head) and use the kicks / punches that our body instinctively suggests us (in 6DKF this initial freedom is crucial for the perfect development of a complete warrior)
- Let's focus on building basic spacial intelligence, balance, physical endurance and mental constancy
- Let's forget power, precision and speed, in terms of excellence these are the last things that we develop (after learning the basic technical baggage)
- Let's leave our body free (but in a safe context); we must analyze, and correct everything we do (things that seem wrong / correct / interesting, etc.)
- In 99% of cases initially we only have the enthusiasm as a resource (no habit and much less discipline), we must put all the possible energy and concentration into each training session (let's help with these articles, with music and everything can motivate us)
- As for the other skills of 6DKF, let's start finding a few minutes of absolute silence (with closed eyes); we have to try to hear and distinguish the sounds near and far (from here we will then go for breathing, meditation, advanced body control, etc.)
- As soon as possible we will have to change some of our eating habits (read "Qi and proper nutrition") first of all we must learn to drink plenty of water
- This is the basis, supposed to anyone, of course, who already has a good athletic-martial background can insist more on the dayly effort (eg. starting with 45-60 minutes per day)
- Even from these first steps we will notice great changes in our lives, in our way of approach with ourselves and with others (read "10 things that change for 6DKF's practitioners (physical)" and "12 things that change for 6DKF's practitioners (mental) ")
In the next article we will see the next martial learning phase.
As we have seen in the previous article of this series, the first challenge to be faced in order to be ready to face a combat in any time and in any conditions is to accept mentally the (sudden) idea of having to fight:
- Why now?
- Why against this adversary?
- Why here?
- How do I start?
When the peaceful options (we have already talked about) are over, our goal is:
- To bring the mind to the absolute zero (let's read the article "Become the absolute zero"); we must immediately eliminate questions, doubts, feelings, and sensations
- To stop the fear, let's leave the idea of getting out of this situation without getting hurt; let's look at our opponent's eyes as if we had nothing to lose, as if we and him were inanimate
- To reflect our fears against who is facing us; we have to focus on what we risk and imagine that this happens to our opponent but in a much more serious / intense way
- To bring to our mind visual projections of us prevailing on the opponent (easely, without him being able to oppose in any way)
- To free us from the oppression of being tired, lazy, unprepared and concentrating on the fact of being at the most of our possibilities; we have to imagine our body as covered by a strong leather armor, our muscles fast, explosive and elastic like steel springs, our hands and foots solid like rocks, our reflexes running at the speed of light
- To activate breathing and let Qi flow freely through our body warming it (or imagine that this happens for those who are not yet able to)
Even if these thoughs can seem crazy, when we are under tension our mind can be quickly addressed on aspects that give us strength, vigor and security, the only important thing is not to go through anger.
For all those who are not too prejudiced this methodology has an immediate effect (for many even now, reading) but a real mental preparation has to be buildt with the time (years).
We do not stop here, the next article will expose which bases we must lay as foundations of this aptitude.