In this post, I address a common problem in double sinawali that I have dubbed as “weak double sinawali.”

If you are not able to view the video, click here.

As pointed out in the video, the most common problem in double sinawali, as well as in heaven/redonda sinawali is that the player’s first move is often weak.

They often fail to complete the first move, thus leaving the right hand cane hanging in front of them. This is a case of incorrect chambering. From my experience, this usually results in the drill degrading into confusion as both parties lose track. It’s all about correct chambering.

One of the great things about the sinawali drills is that it helps to develop, among other things, ambidexterity. This goal is, in my view, defeated when any of the sinawali drills are performed incorrectly. Done correctly, it can greatly increase dexterity and agility of both hands as well as to teach proper striking.

Done correctly, any of the sinawali drills can teach you power striking. As can be seen from the video, if done incorrectly, the arnisador will

  1. fail to develop power and;
  2. fail to develop proper angle striking.

Don’t do the weak double sinawali!

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