Before proceeding with the study of flexible weapons we must once again emphasize that this path must be very solid and gradual.
The rudiments that we are going to illustrate may seem trivial but they are the basis of the most articulated movements and must be intensely trained with dedication.
We can not have gaps or shortcomings when we will approach the use of real weapons; if we are not able to fully handle their (seemingly) unpredictable mobility, we risk high damages.
We can start exploring the mobility with the rope when we realize that, from a stand position, we are able to:
- Perform rotations perpendicular / parallel to the ground
- Maintain the inertia of rotations without any discomfort, especially on the wrists (who uses flexible weapons must have steel wrists)
- Do not miss the control of movement (and especially not to strike our body)
Mobility adds to the previous circular rotation exercises and to the loops a slight increase in difficulty, we must learn to:
- Coordinate the movement of arms and legs so as not to hinder the evolutions of the rope
- Manage times and spaces in which to pass our flexible weapon
It’s for these reasons that we stress the weapon practice, it helps a lot to use our body at its maximum level.
Here are some simple exercises:
- Perform loops or circular rotations in a straight line (forwards and backward)
- Perform loop or circular rotations in a circle (forwards and backward)
- Make free rotations by moving forward in a straight line and reversing the direction at its end (we must turn back trying not to interrupt the rotation flow)
- Perform free rotations freely and changing direction continuously (without interrupting the rotation flow)
- Gradually we can pass from walking to running but always being sure we do not lose quality
- We must care not about speed or power but the precision and uniformity of rotations
- Let’s do not forget to be relaxed (shoulders, elbow, wrist, etc.) and to keep the center of gravity perfectly balanced
- Let’s 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
In the next step of this discussion, we will see further advancement in rope training in the 6DKF.
Author: Master Kongling
Founder of 6 Dragons Kung Fu.