quinta-feira, 3 de novembro de 2016

Jogo do Pau - The evolution of defensive footwork

As Jogo do Pau evolved, speed increased, and its defensive footwork became centred around in-line stepping.  

That wasn't always so, as sidesteps on defence were common at one time.  

Plus, they also had they own evolution ... consisting of the following 3 stages. 


Jogo do Pau stance
Standard starting position
(Forearms not overlapping)

Phase 1

Instinctive privileging of stronger side

Setting up a martial skill-set is very much like cooking, it that one needs to find the best possible balance between the available ingredients. In this case, one needs to figure out how to best combine parrying and footwork (side-steps).

Jogo do pau instructor Luis Preto
Parry on forehand side         Parry on backhand side

domingo, 30 de outubro de 2016

Historical fencing, German longsword & Jogo do Pau

In 2006 I met the Western Martial Arts community (by teaching at the Lewisville, TX event), and in 2008 the Historical European Martial Arts community (HEMA), upon teaching at the 2008 Dijon HEMA gathering.

Several HEMA events later, I closed out this cycle of my life by teaching a 3rd & final time at the Dijon 2015 gathering. Along the way, I learned a lot about HEMA, while teaching others about Jogo do Pau. 

quinta-feira, 27 de outubro de 2016

Systema mass-attack & Jogo do Pau: A single approach to multiple opponent combat

In the spring of 2014, I travelled for the very first time to Serbia, so as to take part in my third Systema seminar*: A week long Systema mass-attack training camp, with world renown instructor Alex Kostic.

segunda-feira, 24 de outubro de 2016

Being a martial artist or a combat sports athlete?

I practice martial arts ... I practice combat sports.

Well, which one is it?

not all languages make this distinction, within the ones that do, is the meaning the same?

My understanding is that, not only do these terms differ in meaning, but that such difference impacts training ... so let's dig in.

sexta-feira, 21 de outubro de 2016

Traditional martial arts & Effectiveness - Part 3 (of 3)

For martial arts training conditions to preserve each art's skill-set, while unable to access all-out-combat, how to manage sparring regarding gear & rule-set?