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Friday, December 30, 2005


It is important that one has all their balls in order when heading into a confrontation. Therefore, when training, use this acronym to check yourself: TBAL.

What this stands for is Tools, Base, Angle, and Lever.
Tools. This could be whatever you have at your disposal to attack or defend from bare hands to a weapon of some sort. When training, check that the tools are usable or accessible.
Base. What's your structure look like? Is your body properly aligned to deliver maximum force while maintaining your structural integrity? While training, slow down and check this out.
Angle. Disrupt your opponent's energy and break their axis/axes. In other words, break their structure.
Lever. Here's where gravity is your friend and they find out it's not theirs. Once you have broken the structure of the opponent, it is fairly easy to assist them to the floor.

These do not need to be in the order of the handy acronym, but they should be used. Break down your attack and see where you may have a weakness. Think of it this way; make sure that everything is where it needs to be before proceeding. An analogy can be that when the light turns green, make sure no one is in hurry and running their red light, so check your surroundings and be aware of what you are doing.


Tuesday, December 27, 2005


Please check out the posting on Mushtaq's blog under the heading, "Breath Play." His ideas on breathing are quite good. The way that breathing and movement are connected cannot be ignored.
Overall, his blog is one of the best on the net that I have read.

movement pt 2

One way to practice when alone is through the use of jurus, or meta-movements. Commonly referred to as "forms" in most martial arts, the jurus focus on the movements of the upper body and their relationship to the opponent. They are a set of actions to familiarize yourself and your body with the way to deploy your tools.
The jurus in Silat Zulfikari are short and to the point. That makes for quick retention as well as effective usage.


Monday, December 26, 2005


This may sound overly simple: if you can't move, you can't fight.
Physcial confrontations usually require movement. They throw a punch or jump on you in some way, you act in response to their move, or before that you take intiative and get them first.
Therefore, I feel that you need to be able to move. We practice this through the use of langkah, or lower body meta-movements.
These are basically footwork patterns that one can use as is or in combination with upper body meta-movements called djuru-djurus (or jurus for short).
The basic footwork is a straight line or garis. You move forward or back. Another form is tiga or triangle stepping. These are usually at a 45-degree angle but not necessarily.
How you move your feet will dictate what your upper body does, so one needs to be aware of positioning.
There are also various ways to move your feet. You can step and then bring the other foot along, you can push with the front or rear to move forward or away from the opponent. Another close range use of the feet is to rapidly replace one for the other in a pendulum-like fashion. This is excellent for close kicks or rapid retreats.
There are variations of a theme for the above and some stylistic versions as well.
Do your footwork!

Sunday, December 25, 2005

so...what would you like to see here?

I know, I know, I did say "nothing to see here," but I suppose there can be.

I practice a couple of martial art styles that usually get this response, "What's that?" I have been doing these arts for a little while and still feel WAY behind. There is always something that makes me rethink what I know and how to apply it.

So, should I give my personal feelings here, or just ramble?

Let me ponder on that....


Friday, December 23, 2005

nothing to see here

I am just an average guy trying to do the best I can with what I have.
I have little time to contribute to a blog, but will try on occasion!

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