Do Till You See

Can you see what you are doing?

Sometimes we can, many times we can’t.

There’s a counter movement called Pawitik in this iKali exercise called Sabayan which calls for a flick and a cut in quick succession.

I can see what I am doing when I do it. However, there is a problem related to time lag. The problem goes this way – I do the witik movement and then I do the slash. Seems simple enough.

The problem with this simple 2-step movement is this – the witik is easy to do. Its a quick flick of the stick using a quick turn of the wrist. The stick flicks out, comes back and then I do the slash.

The problem is that there is always a time lag between the ending of the flick and the beginning of the slash. I think of this as the braking effect.

The braking effect problem is this – you drive fast from point A to point B, then you turn and drive back. The faster you drive, the harder you have to apply the brake when you get to point B, then only you can turn back.

If you drive slower you will not have to brake as hard. But then you won’t be able to get from point A to point B as fast.

In combat if you hit the opponent’s wrist with the flick and then you take the time to do the slash chances are by that time his wrist would have been gone.

So you need to do the flick fast and the slash just as fast. And you need to do it in a way that there is power otherwise it would not hurt like a bitch.

Scientifically speaking, every action has a reaction, a consequence. A quick flick of the wrist to flick the stick out and back will place a lot of stress and strain suddenly on your wrist (whether from the braking or twisting of the wrist) during the transition from flick to slash.

If you have injured your wrist previously then you will feel pain when you do witik. If you don’t have pain to begin with then train the movement carefully. If you go too fast, too strongly you could end up with pain.

To solve this problem one way is to study the movement carefully by doing it slowly. I did many times but still the same flick, lag, slash would occur. I did a lot of this series of movements in an exercise called B-24. In explaining how to do the witik in free flow Tuhon Apolo mentioned something.

As it turns out this thing he mentioned is the solution to doing the flick and slash quickly without the time lag. Once I could do it I can see the movement path in my mind. It basically comes back to solving the problem of how to drive fast from point A to point B, brake less hard, and turn back quickly. Now it is possible to do a flick and slash with minimal stress but without sacrificing the power.

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