The main emphasis of training with an edged weapon is knowing and understanding all the dangers associated with this type of weapon. All the “What if’s”, and “Yeah buts”, are all great for trial and error, and assuming predictability. The serious danger of edge weapons is real, and should be treated as such. This means where you should establish your training priority to be a survival tool, in the event this situation happens to you. Let’s face it, you are the one having to survive, not your trainer, helps you train your goals, not your objective. The training priorities I use in Latosa-Escrima are as follows: reality, technique and drills. Reality: This is the understanding of exactly what could happen and the dangers when using or going against an edged weapon. Techniques: These movements are trying to give you a generalization of possibilities, and probabilities of what may happen. Drills: Most drills are used to develop and enhance body movement skills used in the technique application. The emphasis of this Edged Weapon Training is the proper placement and prioritization of how to develop yourselves for such a situation. The technique does not give you the skills to deal with an edged weapon, only gives you scenario of how it could work. Do not mistake drills and techniques as the system, they are only tools to develop your skills. Reality is having a partner attack you, safely of course with attacks from very close to far away, different speeds and power, from the side and from the unseen areas that are not in your peripheral vision. Obviously there are other, more advance concepts and training methods, but first understand the basic thought process and where the techniques and drills are placed in your priority list.
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