In this post, I discuss the issue of “dangling sticks” in the context of single sinawali and the importance of keeping the sticks in a ready position.

In an earlier “Fix It Friday” video, I discussed the “windshield wiper” version of single sinawali.

I attribute the  “windshield wiper” to the improper usage of angles 1, 8, 2 and 9. The training partners’ sticks do not connect as a result. This is a common error by beginners and sometimes adults as well.

The “dangling sticks” version of single sinawali is a different issue that I see often and sometimes occurs at the same time as “the windshield wiper.” Often this requires addressing one problem at a time. I have found that the “dangling sticks” problem is the easier one to fix. It may take a few reminders to have the student chamber their sticks correctly while performing single sinawali.

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This is the correct position.

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Most definitely NOT THIS!

As pointed out in the video, dangling sticks leads to bad defensive habits.  Leaving your head open and exposed will be tempting to your opponent. Don’t make this mistake and get into the habit of chambering the canes correctly.

Have you seen this? How have you corrected this?

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