“What is dis?” was something that Professor Presas would utter when he saw something he did not like.

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In this “Fix it Friday” clip, I address a common mistake made when executing the “abanico corto” entry on the #2 side.

When it comes to practicing the abanico corto* entry, particularly on the #2 side, one must practice correctly and with control. Too often do I see folks rushing through the abanico corto entry. It’s sometimes difficult to tell whether they are doing abanico corto or a sweep stroke. Sometimes it looks as though the player is doing some funny wraparound with the stick, like I demonstrated from :26 to :30 of the above video. If you are not going to execute a sweep stroke or an abanico corto entry, what is the point? The funny wraparound technique will leave you wide open to a multitude of counters.

I demand my students to practice the abanico corto technique correctly. If they are concerned that they are going to hit their training partner, I tell them to slow down the sequence so that they can, over time, gain confidence in their control. Once they have the control, they can increase the speed over time and be able to safely practice this technique.  The last thing that you want to do is to ingrain bad technique habits.

Bottom line: if you are concerned about your control while learning a new technique, slow down and practice the correct form that the technique calls for. Just take your time.

Abanico corto is a tremendous technique. Don’t develop bad habits while practicing this!

* The term “abanico corto” is broken down as follows: “corto” means “short.” The word “abanico” is a Spanish word for “fan.”  In martial terms, then, “abanico corto” is a “short fanning” motion.

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