Lesson 6 – Building the basic training tools

How to prepare the training tools of 6 Dragons Kung Fu

In this lesson, we continue the deepening about the fundamental practices of our school (started with Lesson 10.1), explaining the basic parameters to:

  • Build, assemble and find the ideal training materials
  • Organize and choose the necessary paces

Important – In this explanation, we will not repat the basic rules of safety. Review all of them in this mini-guide How to train without risks (do not continue if you have not read them).

1. How to set up the Fabric Cloth training

Fabric Cloth training (read Basic tools: the cloth) is the most simple to organize.

What you need:

  • A piece of cloth that is not too thin or light
  • The cloth must not be smaller than a square with the side equal to the length of your forearm (also double-layered)
  • The cloth should not be smaller than a square with the side equal to the length of your extended arm
  • The ideal size of the cloth is a T-Shirt of your size
  • The cloth should be smooth and preferably without designs that alter its flexibility

The training area:

  • The minimum space of training is 2x2m
  • The ideal size of the training area is 6x6m
  • Everything is bigger than 6x6m is welcome (open spaces, etc.)

2. How to set up the Poles training

The basic preparation for Poles training (read Basic tools: the pole) is extremely easy but the creation of a real dedicated space requires a lot of work.

What you need:

  • 2-8 wooden / metal poles (not necessarily identical)
  • The base can be triangular, circular or squared
  • The lower side of each impact surface must be at least bigger than our fist
  • The lower side of each impact surface must always be smaller than our waist
  • Each pole must be smooth and without edges (to avoid abrasions, cuts, etc.)
  • Each pole must as much as possible stable, solid and static (no big vibrations, etc.)
  • The minimum height of each pole should not be lower than your height
  • The best height for the poles is the one you reach stretching vertically our arm

A note by Master Kongling – Naturally, the more you can mistreat the poles as you prefer, the better it is (eg. hitting the poles with sticks, etc.).

The training area:

  • If you have no money to spend, you could use preexisting structures (like the door jambs, columns, street furniture, etc.)
  • If you have space, you can buy wooden poles and bury at least half of them in the ground (leaving the right height on the visible part)
  • The disposition of the poles is free (better if editable, eg. with interchangeable holes)
  • Each pole must be distant from another one a maximum length of a leg
  • If you can move 360° around each pole it is better
  • The ideal size of the training area is 1m around each pole

3. How to set up the Hanging Speedball training

Once recovered the necessary materials, the difficulty of assembling the elements of a Hanging Speedball (read Basic tools: the Hanging Speedball) training area is very low.

What you need:

  • 1-6 low-cost boxing speedballs (or fabric bags with balls inside)
  • 25-50 elastic ropes with carabiners (2 per each rope)
  • You have to use the carabiners to connect the ropes and the speedballs

The training area:

  • The ropes must be fixed to a beam or hooks
  • The higher we can hang the ropes, the better
  • The minimum space of training is 2x2m
  • The ideal size of the training area is 6x3m
  • Everything is bigger than 6x6m is welcome (open spaces, etc.)

Final notes

  • All these training tools can be used and removed after our practice, they are ideal even for those who travel a lot
  • It is useless to say that, the ones we have seen, are only basic settings (there are a lot of possible variants)

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