Below is a short video intended for those that are interested in starting martial stick work (e.g. Escrima, Kali, FMA - Filipino Martial Arts). In the particular art we practice at Hood's Martial Arts Academy, Kajukenbo Tum Pai, stick work is necessary. The reason being is that Kajukenbo was intended for street self-defense. One of the more likely improvised weapons you'll find lying around is some sort of blunt force object, e.g. a stick. From that, it stands to reason that you'll either be using a stick or defending against a stick if you find yourself in enough scraps. Objective side note: maybe you should change your ways if you're constantly finding yourself in scraps.
Things to note in the following video:
- The numbers aren't important. If your school, martial arts system, or other Youtube videos have a different numbering system, no big deal. The numbers are really just a tool to help memorize a pattern and also help you communicate with your training partner(s).
- This is a basic drill, but basics are always a great thing to work on. No matter the experience level, practice this drill.
- My way is not Gospel. Check out other Youtube videos and see how others differ in this drill. Compare and contrast. Maybe you'll find a way that suits you and your needs better. My feelings won't be hurt. Promise.
- Start slow! Don't immediately jump in trying to go as fast/hard as you can. That's how people get hurt. That's how people develop bad habits. Worth mentioning that you should practice this at your own risk!
- Enjoy the drill. Have fun with it.
Sifu Caleb Hood is a martial arts instructor at Hood's Martial Arts Academy in Salem, Oregon. He currently offers classes in Kajukenbo Tum Pai and Yang style Tai Chi. He has experience training people from all age groups and ability levels. He is always eager to share the arts he practices with anyone that has a good attitude and a willingness to work hard. In addition to teaching self-defense through martial arts, Sifu Hood also promotes a healthy lifestyle, emphasizing healthy physical habits, as well as healthy mental habits. To learn more about the classes offered by Sifu Hood, or about the art of Kajukenbo Tum Pai or Tai Chi, visit the Hood's Martial Arts Academy website here.