The exercise with the fabric cloth: second stage

In 6DKF, as we have amply pointed out earlier, the exercise with the fabric cloth is one of the most important practices (to know how to perform it, we refer to previous articles about it).

In order to effectively run our training sessions with this basic tool we want now to see a number of useful tips / changes:

Contact details

  • As much as we can we have to avoid to grab the cloth with closed hands
  • We have to use the closure of the arms / legs to grab the cloth (temporarily)
  • Avoiding any kind of forcing, we have to equally use as much as possible all of our limbs (right side, left side but also head, shoulders, elbows, knees, etc.)

The recovery to the ground

  • When we bow us to collect the cloth, let’s always bend our knees to the maximum level, without touching the land and without losing balance
  • When we bend the knees to the ground we have to throw ourselves on the fabric like hawks and turn back just as quickly
  • When we bend our knees to the ground, if we are able, we can land with the entire sole of the foot (instead of staying only on the fingertips)
  • When the cloth falls, we must ensure that we already are in contact with him to raise him right away in flight (let’s try to avoid the time to pass between the fall and recovery)

Technical progression

  • We have to use widely rotations, wrists, arms and open hands, we have to draw circles, ellipses, “8” (etc.)
  • We have to use hits in combination, sequentially and contemporary
  • We have to use full body rotations, shots in the air and we have to learn to throw our bodies on the cloth (as would a tiger on its prey)
  • We have to vary the type, the material, the size and the weight of the cloth that we use

Solutions to common problems

  • When we kick we must apply power and amplitude, as if we were hitting an opponent (otherwise the cloth will attach to our legs)
  • When the cloth wraps us let’s use the “shots in negative” (more on this later), for example suddenly hurling ourselves down


  • Let’s always move in space, we have to try, as much as possible, not to perform the exercise while standing still (we manage quality and difficulty of the exercise)
  • With the movement we have to keep us constantly at attack distance, we must throw the cloth far away but we do not have to lose it
  • If the cloth goes up, we go up, if he goes down we go down, the cloth should never escape our senses (vision, hearing, touch and especially spatial intelligence)
  • We have to use a good intensity, the whole body must be involved

Consistency of the execise

  • We always have to keep a natural guard position, we have to imagine that our target is able to strike us
  • We cannot raise the cloth by standing (we have to use movements similar to those of a monkey, our legs must be continually bent)
  • We must maintain a variety of movements, let the cloth go to the top, bottom, far left / right, behind us (etc.)
  • We have to perform the exercise with all the dynamism and aggressiveness that we have (power, speed, strength, etc.), we have to imagine to fight to the death with an opponent 10 times much faster than us

With the addition of these notions / details the exercise with the fabric cloth reaches its second stage of difficulty, later we will analyze the subsequent evolution.

Author: Master Kongling

Founder of 6 Dragons Kung Fu.

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