This video, which I’ve just added to my page on stick and sword training, demonstrates a couple of the countless combinations that can be derived from the 4-Step Matrix for stick and sword, done both solo and with a partner. My partner, Dragan, and I begin with the attacking strikes/blocks entries, using reverse triangle and sidestep footwork, and close range covered exits (primarily to stay within range of the camera). We then demonstrate using the fake to draw entry with the same footwork.
The attacking strikes entry is used to cause your opponent to block (ideally), allowing you to target his arm and head based on how he has chosen to block. When one practitioner drills attacking strikes, the other can imagine doing the same, or imagine doing the attacking blocks entry. These two entries match up nicely for partner drilling for repetition.
Note: No one is going to stand with their stick out in the air, motionless, like you see in the application example in this video. The clip is included only to show the theory/purpose of the sequence and what COULD happen if your opponent was hit. In the future we’ll show examples in sparring.
The fake to draw entry begins with either a fake angle 1 or a fake angle 2 (in the video above), followed by a reverse swing that targets the opponent’s arm and head based on the way he attempted to block (ideally) the fake attack. One practitioner uses the fake entry, and the other imagines falling for the fake, and recovering to block the reverse shot.
You can learn more about the 4-Step Matrix on the stick and sword page.