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If you are not able to view this abanico double action video, click here.

Keep in mind that abanico means “fanning.” Notice how, in the side to side version, the stick is moving in a fan like motion. To achieve this, one must relax the wrist to achieve the full range of motion. If you have tight wrists, one might want to increase the range of motion gradually over time. To do this, just make the fanning motion until you are able to achieve at least 180 degrees range of motion.

The second flaw that I often see relates to the above. As noted above, the choppy execution of the abanico double action is a sight that I often see. The fix is relatively easy. I usually advise the students to relax and slow the technique down with a focus on being smooth. See 0:50 of the video.

Lately, I’ve been using the slo-mo video function on my iPhone 6s, mainly for my private clients, to show them the flaw in their technique. I have found this approach to be more fruitful than verbal explanations. Once I spot a weakness, I whip out the iPhone, film them, and show them the video 10 seconds later. The metaphorical light bulb usually goes off. I tell you, this works. I have fixed the abanico double action for a couple of private clients by using slo-mo video.

Lastly, I will often show my private clients this video of the late Professor Remy A. Presas performing this technique off palis palis. This video was taken around 1984 or thereabouts. Notice how smooth he is?

If you are not able to see this video, click here.

Practice with both hands. For those who are right hand dominant, the left side is going to feel awkward at first. Be patient, be deliberate in your moves and you’ll get it in no time. Over to you, what other flaws in the abanico double action have you seen?

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