CLM and Sword Work

Instructor Cody Skillen, of Winnipeg, works through sword drills utilizing the CLM.

Listen closely to the instruction!

Here’s some notes from Cody:

Most ‘systems’ are technique menus in need of reverse engineering to revive the essence of them.
to do this you need to develop proper practice. A good drill has a few criteria
1) it focuses on applying basic movement over ‘specific technique’;
2) it has a clear objective for the student to work at accomplishing;
3) it is continuous and allows for increased stress up to and surpassing the real word scenarios expected;
4) When practiced the ‘techniques’ of the system should arise naturally since a technique is the application of a basic movement to a specific scenario given a name for convenience.

To formulate drills based on a list of techniques here’s my approach

1) group techniques by the general motion they use, e.g. techniques that use the wedge in hand to hand, or sword techniques that have a general overhanded cut motion.
Also it is good to group them based on the type of scenario they are supposed to address.
2) Use the groupings you created to form flow drills. Work with one motion group at a time and get the stimulus partner (the attacker) to go through every one of the scenarios that that motion is supposed to address and practice applying it without thought for picking a specific technique, just try to apply the motion according the the concepts that make it work (proper position of the wedge etc.) Basically when you do this you will get a feel for what makes it work and you will find that you don’t have to choose a technique as the specifics will take care of themselves.
3) after you do step 2 with each of the groups you have, find a way to either combine all of your flow drills, or switch between them in a continuous manner.

Here is an example of some of what I’ve been developing…


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