In this “Fix It Friday” clip, I address the importance of having a “live stick” instead of having a “dead stick.”

 A stick is dead when you do not have it available for countering an opponent’s attack or counter. Master Ken Smith, and Master Chuck Gauss often emphasize, as did the late Professor Presas, the need to have a live check hand. The same goes for having a “live stick.”

It takes training, time, and patience to be aware of whether your stick is “alive” or “dead.” A good instructor will guide you in this regard. When I first started in Modern Arnis, it took me some time to become aware of the “dead stick” issue. With practice, the “live stick” will become second nature.

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A stone cold dead stick 🙂

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A live stick in action. That’s more like it.

Having a live check hand and a live stick will make you a formidable stick player. That’s it. Work them in tandem and  “You will be berri good!” as the late Professor Presas would say. 🙂


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