Punch the grubby child: The 5×5 drill

The flinch is the building block of the 5×5 drill. Five flinches, and five attacks. With five variations. One repetition of the drill takes about half an hour for two partners, and the basic drill consists of one hundred and fifty sequences. I can usually teach it to a class in about an hour, two if you really want to get it down. You only have to memorize 10 things to reconstruct the drill. Within those One hundred and fifty sequences lie almost infinite variation. The five basic flinches are the most common things people do to react to a threatening situation. Since the point of the drill is to help a student build a complete, individual full-spectrum martial art (daily defense all the way to life-and-death stuff) we can stretch out to cover these five instead of only working on what might seem the most important. It’s an odd…

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