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The guard stances in 6DKF

In 6DKF there are no single / fixed guard stance. Positions are several (moving, standing, on the ground, etc.) and change depending on:

- The practitioner (aptitudes, defects, etc.)
- The Environment (soil, freedom in movement, etc.)
- The situation (danger level, type of aggression, etc.)
- The opponents (the difference in height, style, etc.)

To help of the practitioner, there are some general concepts (to be adapted / customized) to manage the choose of our stances; before getting into the specifics of each of the positions we have to focus on some important ideas to think about:

- More our guard protects delicate parts (face, genitals, neck. etc.) the better it is
- More our guard allows us to choose whether to grab or hit the better it is
- More our guard allows us to use feints, favorite techniques, and / or the more effective ones the better it is
- More our guard allows us to provide a target-bait to our opponents the better it is
- More our guard allows us to avoid direct confrontation force against force the better it is
- More our guard gives us stability, grounding and balance the better it is
- More our guard gives us possibility of omnidirectional movement the better it is
- More our guard gives us ability to connect contemporaries / in sequence shots the better it is
- More our guard prevents us from being closed / blocked / seized the better it is
- More our guard is charging (or illudes of charging) one or more shots the better it is
- More our guard makes us feel at ease (mentally and physically) the better it is

About guards we must understand that:

- We're not all the same, every body has its own peculiarities (flaws, strengths, temporary limitations, etc.)
- There is no guard stance who is always good and in every occasion, each has pros and cons to assess instinctively during the clash; the best thing to do is to continue to change in relation to the dynamics of the struggle in a spontaneous / natural way
- In a given situation the "perfect" guard is not the one that allows us (potentially) to do anything, but the one that allows us to do what we really need, to do what is effective against opponents we face and, above all, to do what we can do better

To summarize: the more the guard we choose is convenient for us and answers to our basic needs, the better it is. Potentially we can have infinite different guards because each basic stance has to be accustomed in relation to the moltitude of possible combat situations.

In future articles we will see what are the variables that bind to the specific choice of the guard and the basic 6DKF's guards.

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Speed: asynchronous and circular vibrations

We continue the discussion (started in the previous article) about speed with the asynchronous and circular vibrations.

The basic asynchronous vibrations:

1) Let's open our arms laterally and through our elbows, we have to vibrate our forearms up and down (the arms are bent at 90 and our hands are closed as "spoon" with the tip pointing downwards)
2) With the legs folded to the ground and balanced on tiptoe we have to vibrate (externally and internally) our knees; only our foots touch the ground (we can help ourself for the equilibrium with hands on a chair)
3) While seated (on the ground) we support ourself on our toes and we vibrate up and down our legs as if to make small jumps (the rest of the body is stationary)
4) While seated (on a chair, arms forward and open legs), we only support ourself on our buttocks (foots do not touch the ground) and we vibrate asynchronously legs and arms (internally and externally)

The basic circular vibrations:

1) With our hands and arms outstretched sideways let's perform rotations (back and forth) around their own axis
2) From standing, let's bend forward our forearms (90) and let's tight our hands vertically, then, we start to vibrate our hips circularly (head and knees remain stationary)

Although the explanation is not very clear these movements are very simple and (for the moment) they do not have necessarily to be strictly executed this way; the important thing is to focus on small vibrations, speed growth and preservation of our body's integrity.

Now let's see some variations and evolutions of this fundamental practice:

- When our body is accustomed to these movements we can start each session right away by the maximum speed that we can reach
- As we improve, we can (occasionally) break into pieces the vibrations to make work every single bend of our body (from the finger tips to the torso and so on)
- Acquired completely the conditioning to this practice we can move from rigid movements, gradually, to soft movements (let's do not start from this or we'll hurt us)
- Including the meaning and significance of the exercise we can choose to run (with due gradualness) vibrations at our option, as long as they do not affect our ligaments (eg. dangerous elbow vibrations in the opposite direction of its opening)
- The last step is to practice vibrations from martial positions (standing, guard, defense, attack, etc.) that are not going to oppose the motion that we intend to perform

Initially it is likely that we can not perform all of the series of consecutive vibration and at maximum intensity, do not worry, this is a skill that is acquired after a while and that will allow us to access to the subsequent kind of speed training.

Note: probably we will make some videos about these arguments.

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Speed: the vibration's exercise

After making all the necessary premises about the exercises dedicated to the development of speed, we move on to describe the first: the vibrations.

Here's how to perform it:

- Let's eliminate any constraint, let's wear comfortable clothes (baggy)
- Let's free our foots from the shoes and let's do a proper warm up
- Let's choose an environment without obstacles, let's free our mind and relax the body
- Every vibration that we are going to do must be repeated at least 50 times
- For the first execution sessions we maintain "rigid" the body parts that we vibrate
- Each series has to be performed at increasing speed / intensity (for a total time of 10-20 minutes)

So let's see the three basic single vibrations:

1) By standing up and without move our feet from the ground, let's vibrate our whole body (with particular attention to the abdomen and chest) up and down as if we want to jump (the arms remain stationary)
2) Balanced on one leg, we vibrate the other one externally / internally (and vice versa, first one, then the other), let's concentrate the vibration on the knee
3) By standing up (with the rest of the body still), we vibrate our head to the right / left focusing on the jaw motion (let's pay attention to this practice if we have neck problems)

This type of exercise, as it may seem unusual, is the cornerstone of our approach to the maximum speed that our body can express in combat; at the beginning we do not have the complete vision but after some time that we will follow this practice it will always be more clear its value.

In the next article we will see the asynchronous vibration, the circular ones and the evolution of these exercises.

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