Malapascua Island, Northern Cebu, Philippines
Tomorrow I’m leaving for the Philippines. I’ll be gone until August, and I don’t know how regularly I’ll be able to post. I am hoping to do some studying and improve as a martial artist.
I was thinking about my new video, and I was reminded of the time I first picked up a baseball glove. Like most people, my instinct was to put the glove on my right hand. After all, the right hand felt natural. The problem was that even though wearing a baseball glove on the left hand felt awkward, there was another piece of the picture –after I caught the ball, I had to throw it. Although my left hand was not as dexterous as my right hand, I needed to field the ball with the left hand in order to throw with my dominant right hand. Similarly, my stick style is a matter of fitting pieces together. I could go with a right hand over left grip, or a left foot forward stance, but other pieces wouldn’t fit.
As I see it, these are the pieces that must fit together:
The ability to hit with a one-handed right hand grip.
In order to maximize reach, I should be in a right forward stance, and grip the stick at its very end (not choked up).
The ability to hit two-handed for maximum power in bat grip
The ability to go into a two-handed rifle grip
The ability to change from single grip, to bat grip, and rifle grip almost instantly
There should be as little shuffling of the hands as possible to aid in weapon retention and for simplicity’s sake.
The ability to hit non-telegraphically
When I try to put these pieces together, Big Stick Combat is what I come up with.
I experimented with the right over left grip, but I encountered several dead ends, where techniques didn’t work (such as the underleft strike) or didn’t fit into the whole, such as “How do I swing with just the right hand , and go immediately into a right over left bat grip?) Such a system could be worked out, but in my eyes there were too many “glitches,” or rough spots that had to be glossed over.