In SKD we mostly use simple drills to develop speed, strength, body movement and body intelligence. However, for learning how to change we use short sequences.
When we string together some of these drills and training sequences we have our Training Sequence No. 1. Our training sequence is not a locked down, not allowed to change, type of form.
Instead, we use the training sequence to begin our learning journey. The movements inside can be changed, modified, subtract or added to as our understanding and mastery changes. In this way we don’t have to keep learning more forms to learn new stuff.
The first part of Training Sequence No. 1 teaches basic strategy and change within the movements of the salutation. So when learning the salutation we can consider the usage of the 4 key movements from the aspect of long, mid and close range from striking to control via locking and throwing. We have also designed the movement to be iKali ready in that the techniques of iKali can be plugged into SKD movements easily with little or no need for modification.
The second part of the Training Sequence starts with the learning of how to stand and use the stance to generate power. The power generated is transmitted out through the arms by the use of natural swinging motion. For this learning we have three double arms swinging drills.
We could use just one arm swinging drill but we have three. The reason is because the arm swinging drills also teach basic attacking techniques and how to change between the three swinging strikes. Just before we begin the three swinging drills after the salutation we have a 6-movement sequence that teaches the workings of the 6 harmonies in governing direction when used in striking. This 6-movement sequence is meant to be used together with the three arm swinging movements.
The attributes that we want to develop with the 6-movement sequence and three arm swinging drills is fast, non-stop, circular striking using whipping power generated from the use of hip, waist, leg connection. The arms must be relaxed yet heavy like a whip, moving non-stop like water overcoming an obstacle.
To extend your understanding learn to use these techniques with the movements in the salutation. The salutation sequence has two obvious stepping movement and a hidden stepping. Breakdown the 6-movement sequence and three arm swinging drills into digestible movements and pair them individually or in combination with different parts of the salutation sequence. Drill the breakdowns until you can easily change between them, giving rise to spontaneous sequences that arise from the input you are getting from your training partner.