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Lock and Block Drill | How do you do it?

It was another sunny day over the weekend, and I was lucky that I got off work early. Called over some friends and had them come over to record some videos. We usually do this just to go over some lessons, drills, that we previously learned.

We started off with some basic drills that we usually do and work from there. Then we went on to some basic knife defense. Trying to get the ins and outs, going over those “what ifs” situations. Then went over some hand to hand drills, making them work with the basic drills with sticks.

Then later on, I remembered a drill that we used to do when we started back on those garage days. It was a lock and block drill with two sticks that conveys the similarity of espada y daga (sword and dagger). Usually, we do a basic lock and block drill with only one stick. One feeder and one receiver, one strike at a time, resetting back after each strike. (I’ll probably make a video to have it make more sense)

It inspired me to record a video of a regular lock and block drill, that we used to do back in the garage days. It’s a drill that covers skills, footwork, speed and reaction. This drill are done in other arts as well, but of course they have their own way on doing the drill. I’ll share the way that I have learned.

The “feeder” holds the sticks, one long and one short, expressing that it is a sword and dagger (espada y daga). The “receiver” usually defends with one stick, but they can also have two. In the video below, we only used one stick to defend. To start the drill, the “feeder” has to measure a strike to let the “receiver” that the first strike will be on that spot. Then, the “feeder” leaves out the short stick (dagger) out. Once the receiver hit’s the dagger, usually with an abanico, the attacks starts. When the feeder starts the strikes, they are usually random. It simulates a stab with the dagger between the strikes.

The purpose for this drill is to have a constant flow of abanico strikes and defense. The receiver has to control the flow of the strikes, and the attacker by doing different types of blocks and continuing with attacks. Once the drill is learned, it’s actually pretty fun to both practitioners. One tries to always outdo one another, making the other give up first.


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