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.

Author: Master Kongling

Founder of 6 Dragons Kung Fu.

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