Espada Y Daga | Prof. Dentoy Revillar| SLD Eskrima
This is a video of Professor Dentoy Revillar of SLD Eskrima based in Stockton, CA. He demonstrates the finer points of Espada Y Daga (Sword and Dagger). Very informational and a great video.
Professor Dentoy Revillar covers the aspect of having the live hand, or in this case, the hand with the dagger to be in the center position. This helps cover your center line and if the attack comes from either the left or right angle, it has the same distance if it was in the center. This applies as well, without the dagger. Having your "live" hand in the center, it will be easier to cover and defend when the "weapon" hand is busy.
As you notice in the video, Prof. Dentoy's movements are very short and precise. He can attack much more quickly after a defensive move. With the elbows close to his sides, there are less openings for the opponent to hit, compared to when he extend your arm out and telegraph a hit. He also doesn't smash to block, but have enough coverage, so he can bounce his own attack to his opponent.
You can hear GM Gilbert Tenio in the background, mentioning that Prof. Dentoy seems like he wasn't moving much. This is because by having short moves, you don't have to expel a lot of energy, which is a good thing during a fight.
These are the things I learned in this video and wanted to share my own insights. Would love to hear you guys thoughts on this. If you're familiar with this type of movements, or practice this on a daily basis, would love your to hear your opinions!