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Redonda is a circular whirlwind movement. Done at high speed, this looks like a downward “X” movement. Performed precisely by a skilled player, the redonda movement can look quite impressive.

By now, you may have noticed that I am a stickler for proper execution. When I teach my students the basic redonda drill, I aim for two things: (1) each move must be separate and distinct. Three movements for each side of the exercise; and (2) one should perform each action as a downward vertical strike.

The most common mistake, among beginners, is illustrated in the video above, particularly at the :30 mark. The error is to abandon form and execute simultaneous downward strikes. Doing so results in degradation of the structure of the drill and leads to bad habits.

Besides pointing out the obvious errors, how do you fix this? “Slow down and do this deliberately” is what I advise my students. “One move at a time, slowly” is another command I often give to a student. Focus on progression, not perfection the first few times you do this drill.

Left unsaid in the video is that this is a tremendous solo training drill. You can do this at home! You don’t need a training partner. A tip: ask an experienced player in your class to evaluate your solo version of redonda. Once you are squared away, practice this on your own consistently. 

For speed practice, use light sticks. To strengthen your wrists and forearms, use heavy sticks. When using heavy sticks, I would advise going at slow to moderate speed, focusing on form. You’ll develop Bruce Lee forearms in no time! 

I believe that the Redonda Drill can be one of the most valuable solo training exercises that you can do. You will build up strength, endurance, and stamina from daily practice.

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