Yesterday during practice we were going over sumbrada and I kept on
messing up on my footing which was getting me a little tied up. Actually
my footing as all over the place yesterday. Since my footing was wrong
my angles were off and I kept on getting hit with the sak-sak. At times I
couldn’t keep up with the beat because my footing just kept throwing me
off. I was over anticipating the movements on the first strike, getting
ahead of myself, and not closing the triangle well because I would
short step on my right (that’s how I was getting hit with the sak-sak).
So today I took some time to work on my footwork for that drill.
For the first 5-10 minutes I was going really slow. First going over
the stick movements and then slowly adding in the footwork. I had to
remember that my right side-step had to match how wide my left
angle-step was during the high-wing block so that my triangle would
close properly, and set me up to shield for the sak-sak better. I just
kept on doing it over and over until I got it right. Then it was a
matter of being able to consistently repeat the motions.
Then I also remembered that I was standing too square on Sunday so I
made sure to correct that as well. It was a little awkward at first
because from what I remembered when I first learned the drill, both the
feeder and receiver are standing square, in a neutral position, but I
guess that is to just get the movements down for the drill. We didn’t
begin standing in a fighting stance and that threw me off. It was a
quick fix though.
The other issue I had was that I naturally wanted to step in for the
sak-sak, but that can throw off the drill if the receiver doesn’t
respond properly to it. It would force the drill to be in motion right
off the bat, which is ok, but I still need to get down the foundation of
it first. It took me a few minutes to correct, but I think I got it
now. So now it would be a matter of actually doing the drill with a
partner. BABE WAKE UP! lol. Oh well maybe tomorrow. Haha.
I’ll probably do this some more tomorrow along with some other
drills. I also need to work on weeding out another bad habit which is
completely stopping when I make a mistake. This could be costly in a
real life situation. Anyway, that’s all for tonight. ItsYoBoyFlex and