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The basics of short sticks: base strokes and stance - Article image

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.
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The basics of short sticks: safety and grip - Article image

The basics of short sticks: safety and grip

In this discussion we want to define the basics of the short sticks in the 6DKF:
  • The first goal we set ourselves is to educate our body to move like a weapon
  • Later we will learn to use sticks as real weapons (techniques, strokes, disarm, etc.)
As we have already seen, the short sticks we are going to use (read "At the base of each weapon: the short stick") has to be as much as possible similar: they must have the same weight, length, diameter and material.

Let's start from the handle:
  • The stick is imagined as a sword, with a piece that cuts and one to grasp
  • The stick has a bottom (the narrow one) and a top (the widest one)
  • The stick is grasped on the slimmer side, iif this is not clearly distinguishable we can make a mark that reminds us of the location of the two ends (eg a circle for the handle and / or a flipped "V" over the tip)
  • Our (single) hand should grab the stick at a distance of one fist from the handle end
  • In the first type of grip we learn, all the fingers are closed around the handle and the thumb overlap the index
  • The basic grip (which involves the whole body) must be elastic, not too rigid and not flush
Basic safety:
  • Wooden sticks are real impact weapons, therefore they must be used with caution
  • When we have a stick in our hand we need to be focused as if we were using a sharp sword (this start us to get used to the security needed with the cutting weapons)
  • Sticks should never get out of hand, fall, touch the ground or be dragged
  • Our mind must always focuses on where it is and where is directed the tip of the stick
  • Tip and (hypothetical) cutting parts should never be touched, neither actively nor accidentally
  • As long as our spatial intelligence is not trained, let's move without looking for speed or power
  • The tip (even if large and rounded) should always be away from the eyes;
  • Let's pay particular attention to ears, nose, teeth and fingers
Notes:
  • We use two sticks rather than one to speed up training and improve coordination but when we deal with more technical issues we will start from scratch using one at a time
  • If we never took a stick in the hand, we never made any kind of conditioning we will probably have some annoyance in the hands and especially in the wrists (it is normal, it depends on the weight of the sticks and the duration of the exercise)
  • In the 6DKF, the use of rigid short weapons has several references to Kali / Eskrima, Silat, Wing Chun, Tai Chi and many other collateral contaminations (chinese, japanese, indonesian, western, etc.) but has also many differences, so we do not have to underestimate the details we will continue to expose
In the next article of this series we will see the position and the basic shots to go to the training of the limbs (arms, fingers, wrists, etc.).
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The 6 dragons of 6DKF - Article image

The 6 dragons of 6DKF

The name 6 Dragons Kung Fu has a precise symbolic meaning: to reassume the 6 foundamental keys of our style.

These are the 6 immaginific dragons of our martial art:
  • Agility, the snake devouring a scorpion and became a dragon
  • Mind, the dragon-demon half man and half woman
  • Strength, the dragon made of water that imprisoned the gorilla
  • Resistance, the rats who stole the skin of a rhino and pretended to be a dragon
  • Balance, the dragon-mantis who learned to move like a cat
  • Space, the dragon with a thousand senses that perceived the universe and becomes nothing
These are the referring skills:
  • Agility dominates speed, flexibility, flow, timing, use of weapons, reflexes, etc.
  • Mind dominates techniques, self control, deception, logic, tactics, strategy, etc.
  • Strength dominates breathing, Qi, power, body control, instinctive attack, etc.
  • Resistance dominates mental / body conditioning, instinctive defense, surviving abilities, etc.
  • Balance dominates equilibrium, rooting, states of interaction (solid, liquid, etc.), etc.
  • Space dominates spatial intelligence, senses perception, constant attention, etc.
In these legendary figures resides and it is summed up the significance of the 6DKF's teachings. The perfect practitioner needs to possess the skills of all the 6 dragons.
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Always be ready to fight: the body - Article image

Always be ready to fight: the body

After dealing with the psychological aspect of mental preparation to combat, we move on to the physical aspect; Even though we...
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Be ready to fight: preparation - Article image

Be ready to fight: preparation

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How to start practicing 6DKF - Article image

How to start practicing 6DKF

Although we have already published some materials ("How to train to master the 6 Dragons Kung Fu Style"), many people have asked...
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Always be ready to fight: the mind - Article image

Always be ready to fight: the mind

As we have seen in the previous article of this series, the first challenge to be faced in order to be ready to face a combat in...
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Fighting and mind control: the anchors - Article image

Fighting and mind control: the anchors

Let's start from a premise: we will be never able to control what happens outside of our mind. We can (and we must) plan our...
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Personal defense and psychological tricks - Article image

Personal defense and psychological tricks

Resuming the personal defense speech during a quarrel (first level, no use of violence), let's take a few steps forward in the...
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How to always be ready to fight - Article image

How to always be ready to fight

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Self defense: 10 correct attitudes during a quarrel - Article image

Self defense: 10 correct attitudes during a quarrel

The only warrior able to subdue the opponent without even having to touch him is the one who uses the...
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Shi Yan Ming: real master - Article image

Shi Yan Ming: real master

A tribute to Shi Yan Ming, a real master. Info: Shaolin monk of the 34th...
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Self Defense: 10 Things to avoid in a quarrel - Article image

Self Defense: 10 Things to avoid in a quarrel

As we have stated, to deal with the first level of self-defense situation (the one that does not involve the use of force) it is...
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Self defense: how to behave - Article image

Self defense: how to behave

Reconnecting us to the article "The 6DKF's diagram about the use of violence", we want to reopen the discourse about the...
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Fire movements: extinguish the candle - Article image

Fire movements: extinguish the candle

After seeing the first exercise of the earth movements, we move on to a new one relative to the fire movements. The practice...
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