In the last few days, I have posted the first four of the Bamboo Spirit Flow Drills on YouTube. For ease of reference, they are posted below:

The first flow drill is the “mother drill.” All subsequent drills are based on the “mother drill” template. Drills #2 through #15 have at least two variations. Currently, drills #16 through #20 do not have variations, although I hope to fill them out by the end of the year. The “mother drill” was invented by Master of Tapi-Tapi Ken Smith several years ago and is referred to as the “slap off-pull off drill.”

I was intrigued by the possibilities in that drill and along with Terence, decided to explore the possibilities. After a fair bit of experimentation, we have come up with these drills which incorporate the major concepts of Modern Arnis. Among them are slap off, pull off, sweep stroke, clearing, standard palis palis, high palis palis, abanico corto, switching hands, locking, thrusting, low feeds, posing, umbrella/wing, intercepting check, hitting, and crossada. Included in the variations are the Modern Arnis traditionals such as the six count drill, figure eight, reverse figure eight, banda y banda, rompida, double zero, and reverse double zero. I probably forgot a few other things. I’ve incorporated many of the techniques and concepts from Master Chuck Gauss as well as Master Ken Smith into these drills.

The drills are still a work in progress. I’ve tweaked them here and there. From the grand scheme perspective, the flow drills are designed for the student to learn gross motor movements from the offensive and defensive side. Recognizing and countering various kinds of attacks is learned over a period of time. As a byproduct, reaction speed improves over time. One begins to recognize the weaknesses and openings in your opponent.

One should keep in mind that these are “flow drills” and not necessarily combative. As stated above, the intent of these drills is to inculcate gross motor movements. Each drill can be broken down into combative elements and made functional.

These drills are overwhelmingly right versus right. These do not include the considerable repertoire of the left-handed tapi tapi techniques of Modern Arnis as taught by Professor Presas to the Masters of Tapi-Tapi. That is a whole body of work unto itself.

In the next few weeks, I plan on making some Youtube videos breaking down those first four flow drills. Stay tuned!


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