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    Default What If Drills

    Please share some of your favorite drills/lessons that help students explore the kenpo self-defense techniques beyond the rote memory performance phase. Thank you.

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    Don't know any. Sadly my instructor was Very closed minded and refused to allow anyone to go off written material at all and always looked at notes he made 40 years ago. Sadly I've seen a lot of instructors do the same

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    Back at Huk's Camp in Vegas, Mr. Diaz had a couple of exercises I really enjoyed. They were focused on position recognition and grafting.

    Select a single move from any technique and execute.
    Then choose another single move from a different technique and execute.
    Then choose another single move from a third technique and execute.
    Continue.

    Do not repeat moves, and do not repeat techniques as you move through this drill.

    I found this it be fun, and thought provoking.

    As a corollary ..

    Have a student pick a single position from a technique, and allow other students attempt to identify the technique and move.

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    Quote Originally Posted by windy View Post
    Please share some of your favorite drills/lessons that help students explore the kenpo self-defense techniques beyond the rote memory performance phase. Thank you.
    So, first... you have to have an Uke that is willing to be hit... Second.. you have to be willing to hit... not all out but a good 20% something to get a realistic reaction.

    Then run technique as written... then run it again with a bit more impact... the run it again with the Uke giving a different response or different footwork..

    Rinse and Repeat.

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    Have a partner hold out a pair of focus pads and practise a sequence from a technique over and over again and on both sides.

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    It's cool that most people have written responses, but it's much better if you're actually showing yourself doing what you're talking about. Here ya go, windy:

















    Do this kind of thing with all the attacks in The Web of Knowledge, then when you have that down...which will take years...add in options from The Universal Pattern. I actually use progressions of The Web of Knowledge AND The Universal Pattern which I introduce after the student has acquired a high degree of proficiency in the variable expressions you see above. Because I use a very high rep model that has the great benefits of The Saturation Learning Model, my students very speedily pick up lessons that most other students fail to learn. FD's [ Functional Drills ] are 90% of my training program, with built in Progressive Resistance drilling. That's how I can take a complete noob from off the streets and make him/her decently capable of defending him/her/themselves with a specific combination of skills before they leave my class 90 to 135 minutes later. You should have a highly experienced teacher like me or whoever is near you walk you through their unique progressive expressions of The Universal Pattern [ TUP ]...unfortunately, these teachers are very hard to find. Most of these "teachers" are dysfunctional non-scrappin fat guys who are good business people, kind and charismatic, but not at all scraptastic and they'll get your butt kicked in thoroughgoing fashion if you do as they suggest.

    Anyway...back to the TUP thing. I suggest starting from visual perception, breath, stances, stance transitions, level changing with these stances, ground work [ simply apply your stances on the ground and/or to your opponent as you execute the stuff you learned while standing ], footwork, etc. Once you have that base? Start doing things like looking for opportunities to lead with kicks...the front snap kick is what I start students out with...then follow with the Alternating Maces. Explore angling off, and ALL the Stance options when leading [ from the idea of responding defensively AND ATTACKING FIRST ] to various targets from the foot of your opponent [ you can literally combine the Stomp Kick and Front Snap Kick; you can Snap into a Front Kick for example ] to the head of your opponent. Do this from a 360 degree perspective. Have your opponent attack from the Cardinal directions and you respond with AlterMac [ Alternating Maces ], then from any point in a 360 degree circle, then make yourself execute the AlterMac from a seated position, kneeling, sitting on the ground, prone, etc.

    Have fun! Good luck.
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    Odd that in that first clip ... 1: 15 ish.
    you say you are taught to cross out.
    but you don't actually execute a cross out.

    Oh, well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaeledward View Post
    Odd that in that first clip ... 1: 15 ish.
    you say you are taught to cross out.
    but you don't actually execute a cross out.

    Oh, well.
    Yeah we were all new to video recording. First time ever. I started to cross out, but saw that my younger brother Don't...who held the camera... wasn't following me with the camera. So I truncated the movement so he could the more easily catch up with me.

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