As we have mentioned, there are many types of bodily conditioning (for hands, abdominal, legs, etc.) and to each of them corresponds more and more effectiveness tests:
Breaking (eg. of bricks)
Flexion (eg. splitting)
Resistance (eg. stick strokes)
Spatial intelligence (eg. handling two flying objects simultaneously)
Balance (eg. running fight movements with a bowl of water in our hand)
Accuracy (eg. dynamically targeting very small targets only with one finger)
As it is easy to see, the tests listed correspond to 6DKF's exercises, this is because each of them is potentially a test; at all times we must be able to measure, stabilize and improve our performance.
There is no point of arrival, there is always something harder to break, higher to reach, more difficult to hit, more devastating to undergo (etc.); the important thing for a good practitioner is to know well before attempting a test:
If he is or is not able to overcome it (without temporary damages, long, chronic, etc.)
If he can only do a part o the test (in terms of time, space, mode, etc.)
If the risk of bankruptcy is too high compared to his ability (by putting away pride and / or excessive humility)
Without this kind of aptitude, we will be constantly exposed to accidents of all kinds. We will never stop to repeat that a skill (from the most incredible to the most trivial) is acquired only when it becomes a "normal" thing and never when we can express it only under particular conditions:
When we're in a perfect shape
After an (exaggeratedly) long warming
Through aids / facilitations / educational contexts
When we have accomplished it only once (for reasons that we did not understand)
In a nutshell, this means that if a certain skill corresponds to 100, we must actually be able (occasionally) to express 120; The key point of a similar way of thinking is that even when we are in bad shape, we still have to be able to express at least 100.
In the next article we will see some tests and reflections in relation to the impact resistance of our bodily elements.
After acquiring a good ability rotating circularly our rope on the cube faces (see "Stance and basic rotations of the rope"), we can quickly switch to the most important and effective "8" rotations (describing in the air the symbol of the infinite).
These evolutions are a key component of fighting with the rope (and of many other flexible weapons), if we fail to handle these movements perfectly, we will be totally unable to advance in our martial growth (in particular, in the absence of solid basis, it is extremely dangerous to try more advanced weapons).
Understood this, it's important that we concentrate the utmost attention on the idea of gaining dexterity:
The rope must become an extension of the limb that brandishes it
Our arms, at the same time, must acquire its "flexible power" (see the article "Hitting with softness")
Let's now rapidly describe the exercise:
Let's assume our basic guard position (of which we have already mentioned)
Let's sketch the sign of the infinite (an eight) with the rope movement in front of us
Let's be careful not to hit our bodies or other objects
Let's gradually try to increase the speed of rotation
After gaining a certain familiarity, let's try to limit the use of the forearm in favor of the wrist to manage the rotation power
As we improve we can begin to move in space (walking and then running in random directions)
Let's do not forget to get involved our entire body in the motion
The duration of each session is typically 10 minutes
The safety instructions apply to those mentioned in the previous article
Given the complexity of spatial management of flexible weapons (inertia, trajectories, impacts, etc.), in order to achieve concrete results, we need to prepare our workout so that we devote it every day a small development space (eg one day the rope, one day the nunchaku, etc.).
In the next step of this discussion, we will see further advancement in rope training in the 6DKF.
While in a sports combat we have more and more occasions of collecting a large amount of information about our opponents, on the street, time is a luxury that we can not afford. For the sake of intellectual honesty, the first thing to admit is that there is no reliable way to recognize at 100% (in a handful of seconds) the danger level of an opponent (experience, technical preparation, athletic abilities, attitude to struggle, determination, speed, etc.). There is an endless number of variables that can alter our assessment:
Prejudices (linked to age, sex, style of struggle, physical conditions, etc.)
Incompetence within other eventual disciplines mastered by our opponents (sports, combat, etc.)
Aptitude of the opponents to conceal / misrepresent their abilities -...
Generally speaking, it's not a secret that only amateur martial arts practitioners tend to emphasize too much their preparation (with the idea to scare). In all the other cases illusion and ignorance are respectively the father and mother of the defeat. An example (strictly related to us) of what we mean is, for example, the fact that the 6DKF's practitioners themselves are called to conceal as much as possible their real martial skills (even with people who have the highest level of trust). This is recommended not because our style is secret or because we want to be extremely humble, but simply because in combat, it's a big advantage. Said this, knowing how and where to look, some details / informations (properly crossed) can give us significant clues about the persons we are facing. So let's quickly see what elements it is useful to keep under our attention in an evolving personal defense situation:
Body conditions / signs on the skin (deformities, scars, etc.)
Physical fitness (weight, musculature, etc.)
Mobility / balance / posture / breathing (before and during the clash)
Eyes / mood / pace of speaking (stress level, brain capacity, etc.)
Words / tactical organization / errors (conscious and unconscious)
Any collateral information (job, social relations, vices, hobbies, etc.) -...
Taken alone these data have no meaning, they are never decisive in getting what really interests us (a risk indicator) but, if combined and processed by an investigative mind, they can provide us with remarkable results. In the next article we will be able to go into detail about what to look for and how to link the items just listed and finally, we will set a risk indicator related to us.