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The Reverse Figure 8 is one of the traditional moves that the late Professor Remy Presas taught and is one of my favorite techniques. While this looks easy to execute, there are a couple of common flaws that I have seen over the years, as illustrated by the above video.
First, some perform the Reverse Figure 8 telegraphically. In other words, the technique exits the frame of the body in a massive looping move. To fix this, I advise my students to line their stick hand up with their corresponding shoulder on the forehand side. Likewise on the backhand side. By doing this, the technique becomes more compact and less susceptible to counters. See 0:25 of the video.
Failing to utilize the center line in executing the Reverse Figure 8 is the second most common error. Using the center line increases the power of this technique considerably. In other words, putting your body behind the technique improves the effectiveness of this strike.
Not mentioned in this video is the importance of relaxing. Relaxation is key to power generation and speed. For students struggling with this issue, I advise them to imagine their stick hand being like noodles and to go slow. Lots of reps as well. Shouting in faux German “RELAX MAGGOT!” usually doesn’t fix the issue. 🙂
Lastly, this technique should be part of a solo training regimen. One could practice with both hands. Use a heavy stick to strengthen the wrist and forearm. Add in FMA footwork for good measure. You can mix this in with other FMA techniques such as redonda, sinawali, and banda y banda. Use your imagination. Regardless, make sure that you perform the Reverse Figure 8 with proper form and structure.