Dodges, balance, spatial intelligence and attack: one exercise

After having initiated our mind/body to the idea of the dodge motion we want to expose an exercise that at the same time teaches us to:

  • Dodge multiples / combined attacks without going too far from the opponent
  • Maintain balance even under close aggression conditions
  • Coordinate our body in terms of defense and contemporary / consequential attack
  • Connect our reflexes to quick and consistent reasoning
  • Manage with spatial intelligence the opponent’s movements before seeing them

Before proceeding we stress that this exercise is for those who have already gained some familiarity with speedballs hanging on the elastic ropes; those who have not this background will find frustrating and not very useful this kind of practice.

What we need:

  • 2-3 speedball
  • Several bungee cords
  • Several carabiners
  • A non-slip square platform (1-2mq)
  • If necessary, oil (not harmful to the skin)

The exercise:

  • Let’s hang the speedballs with bungee cords (as pictured)
  • The speedballs must be at 2 different heights (between 50 and 170 cm from the ground)
  • Let’s position the non-slip floor directly below the vertical of our speedballs
  • Let’s go at the center of the platform and let’s start swing the rope
  • We need to dodge, move and hit the speedballs (like and how we want)
  • The only restriction is that we can never get off the platform
  • Let’s limit the use of parry and channeling (we prefer attacks and dodges)
  • Let’s hurl complex / combined shots curing speed, power and stability
  • Let’s always imagine that there is an adversary who attacks us
  • Let’s try to do not get out the speedballs from our view
  • If the speedballs come out from our view we have to project their image in our mind and continue to follow them

Variants:

  • More the platform is small more the difficult increases, let’s find a smaller one (eg. a support plan for washing machines)
  • We can add a third speedball (head, torso, foot)
  • After a long practice you can exaggerate the difficulty oiling the plastic platform (very dangerous, only for experts)
  • The exercise can of course also be carried out with all types of weapons that do not damage the speedballs

Notes:

  • Important: this workout is not a substitute for the normal one with speedball, it is simply another exercise
  • If we havesome difficulties with this advanced exercise, let’s go back to the normal practice with the speedballs (without the platform)

Author: Master Kongling

Founder of 6 Dragons Kung Fu.

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