Making Connection at Home

This is a video for senior students and above practitioners looking to innovative training aids to improve the validity of traditional techniques whilst engaged in close quarter combat. This video is especially for those hard style (read Taekwondo or Karate) practitioners who are interested in making sense out of your pattern applications.

How to make a connection whilst training at home?

Why do you need a connection? It allows you to gap close and start to 'relate' to the opponent who is attempting to use both arms to occupy you and strike with secondary tool.

The video talks about the use of Chinese Rings to school the practitioner on how to relate your hands to the connection you seek from the opponent, and to maintain a tactical distance between the hands and your body as you attempt to mount an adequate defence.

Sometimes when you drill in the air you don't relate the pattern to the connectedness that happens when you engage with an opponent. It's not always you're at a mid to long range exchange, the opponent is trying to control you and affect your structure. This training aid helps you feel what happens in a shorter engagement to the opponent. There is also a benefit with the specific resistance band I use as we can switch from a circular rotation of the hands, to a surge in with both hands.

The training aid gifts insight to both hands - when there is no connection on one of your arms ... you then need to seek the connection with 'something else' from the opponent. Like what is happening with the opponent's secondary tool? Where should your free hand go?

The second half of this video talks about using the training aid to endow value to the entire 'flight path' of your traditional fundamental techniques. So yes, watch it until the end.

The two other videos I reference are:

After posting the top video, Master Manuel Esteban Adrogue (7th Dan) through the Study of Taekwondo FB Forum responded. While it may not be entirely prescriptive, sometimes speaking in analogies allows us to develop more tactical thinking beyond the very confines of a drill set up in the training hall. I'm adding his post (in blue) as I believe it adds value to what I've shared:

I really liked your video, Colin Wee, congratulations!!! I am glad I posted my video without having seen yours, as my moves and concepts are so close to yours. Some of the ideas I use and go to a similar place you are heading are: 
1) FORWARD DRIVE - think of yourself as the stream of water flowing down the mountain, it unavoidably and relentlessly moves down, Your purpose is to control the guy (his body, his balance, his mind) 
2) Again, be water and PENETRATE into every available void by passing the rocks and obstacles, 
3) Filling the voids - you are acting as yang, the void is um- creates voids of your own (when you strike high with a punch you are probably exposing your ribs) so cover your voids with a palm (or other tool, your um hand. 
4) As you progress and enter into your opponent, hands will take turns, so your um hand will become yang, and vice versa, 
5) All this is done while keeping in contact with the opponent and sensing his intentions, your "guard" is not the insect's shell but its feeler, you are supposed to simply roll forward and occupy space filling the voids (striking). 
6) Try to occupy the central space (or access door) so that your opponent doesn't, this is a binary thing, as baseball, once one player has occupied the base, the other cannot. That is strategically positioning oneself correctly and putting the other in disadvantage, not only at general level, but each time with the positioning and flow of limbs. 
7) Same binary reason shows that you must frustrate the opponents motions before the come to full development. Either he gets the chance to complete, or you do. One-step traditional attack and block in which both get to complete their move does not exist, 
8) Always use your closest tool to the opponent to attack his closest target. 
9) Do not think or make decisions, be like a mirror that reacts reflecting what is placed in front. Zen. Simply feel and get used to automatically filling voids and accessing his control center (his brain). The more experience you gain at this, you will gain awareness of great opportunities that your opponent is offering you (your knee into the side of his leg, sweeps, headbutts, etc). In higher levels one should avoid "grabbing", as it is not relaxed, uses force and makes you become attached physically and mentally. Better to stick without any tension.

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