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Creation Date: 09-20-2004 04:38 PM
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  #15 New 08-01-2005 01:14 PM
Im not sure if others teach this method, but I do.

In training martial arts a teacher is supposed to teach in succession. Meaning, we teach in steps.

If my end result is to teach Irimi Nage, I would start off with footwork with a parry. So on and so on until the actual Irimi Nage was completed, then practive the entire movement in one technique.

I do the same with the entire fighting concpet. Sticky hands/feet is a way to combine footwork, with wrist locks, series techniques, and throws. The concpet behind this is to see an opening and take it to conduct a technique, however, you actually have an opponent that is trying to reverse or defend so its makes the technique harder to accomplish, yet it gives the people conducting this execrice a way of feeling what a real life opponent feels like. The reason is is called sticky hands is because in order to properly fight an opponent you want to have contact with their hands and know where their feet are at all times. We arent premonitionists that rely on seeing the future. So instead we feel our opponents. I try to keep contact with the wrists, and watch the feet so I can sweep, hook, or just know when the opponent is off balance so I can take advantage of this. In Chinese it is called Chi Sao as far as I know. I could be wrong.

Before this can be taught you teach transitional flow. Transitional flow is when you teach how to move from one technique to another. Finger lock, into Sankyo, Sankyo into arm bar, into hammerlock, into Kotegaeshi, etc etc. They all flow in succession. If you fail in one technique or the person fights out of it, then you have another technique to go to. When I teach a technique, I also teach what to do when you fail or the person fights out of it in one way or more. This gives your student a way to "see" that if something doesn't work, they have options. When I came into martial arts, this wasn't taught, so if I failed in showing someone a teachnique, they laughed and said it was "hogwash". I learned that there's always something that works, from things that fail.

So I have taught my student transitional flow, and now we are working on sticky hands.

Today, he did an excellent job. We even intermixed grappling and Judo throws into the sticky hands training.

At the end I explained that after time, the Judo, kicks, punches, sparring, series techniques, and grappling will all come into play and we will full contact spar with submission.

I think at first he was reluctant and did not see the vision of my training and how I wanted to teach in steps. I believe he has seen the light after todays training. He now sees how this training will improve his overall performance.

I look forward to the day he can beat me. When a student of mine is able to beat me, then I have done my job as a teacher. Many teachers believe that they must remain the best so they hold back teachings, and leave the best for themselves. I believe that my students must beat me, or I have failed in what I am doing.


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