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The basics of short sticks: 5 basic exercises

After quickly describing the didactic stance and the 3 most important typologies of strokes, we are going to expose 5 useful exercises.

Exercise 1 (to fortify the wrists):
  • Let's take our 2 sticks (75cm each one)
  • Let's properly grip both sticks (as we have already seen)
  • Let's stretch the left arm in front of us with the stick facing up
  • Let's position the stick so that it is perpendicular to the ground
  • Let's tighten the arm in front of us and move the stick on our central line (the one who split in 2 identical parts our body)
  • We have to hit the left stick with the one in the right hand (with passage blows)
  • The first shot goes from left to right, the second from right to left and so on, cyclically
  • The extended arm must maintain the stick perpendicolar to the ground
  • We must gradually increase the intensity / speed of blows but we always aim for fluidity
  • We can perform the exercise for 5-10 consecutive minutes (alternating our arms)
  • We must strike away from our fingers and at a specific point (at our choice)
  • This exercise can also be performed with a workout companion
Exercise 2 (for spatial intelligence):
  • Let's take our 2 sticks (we can also use only one)
  • Let's find a tree with low, long, intricate and not too thin branches
  • Let's try to sequentially strike the branches (imagining to face real opponents)
  • We have to use pentrating, passing and bouncing / vibrating blows (of which we have already mentioned)
  • Let's try to gain precision in striking and to do not be blocked between sticks, arms, and branches
  • We do not have to stand still (we must continue to move forward, back, jump, crouch, etc.)
  • Let's perform this exercise for 5-10 consecutive minutes
Exercise 3 (for fluidity):
  • We have to execute the Dragon Motion (we've talked about it several times) with sticks
  • Let's start with 1 stick and then move on to 2
  • Let's perform the exercise for 5-10 consecutive minutes
Exercise 4 (great to develop much of a warrior's skills):
  • Let's do the exercise with the fabric cloth (we have already talked about it several times) with the sticks
  • Let's start with 1 stick and then move on to 2
  • We can perform the exercise for 5-30 minutes consecutively
Exercise 5 (great to develop much of a warrior's skills):
  • Let's perform the exercise with the hanging mobile targets (of which we have already spoken several times) with the sticks
  • Let's start with 1 stick and then move on to 2
  • We can perform the exercise for 5-30 minutes consecutively
It should be said that doing these exercises well does not mean that we can sustain a fight with the sticks (or worse with swords), it means that we have acquired part of the skills we need to be able to effectively learn the fighting technique and adapt them to our attitudes / needs.

Later we will see other exercises capable of developing power, speed and finally fighting techniques; in the next article we will see some practical examples of variation of state (solid, liquid, etc.).
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