…..One o f the great ways to burn in techniques to your memory is through repetitive drills. One of the things I like most about the Filipino Martial Arts are the many and varied repetitive drills that do this. Whether it is 3 Count, 4 Count, 6 Count, 10 Count and beyond or if you prefer to call it sumbrada or some thing else it really does not matter. These free flowing repetitive movement drills really burn in the techniques to your memory so that you can perform them without thought! Of course that is always the goal in that we wish to achieve The Instinctive Response! Last night I probably burned in a thousand or more repetitions doing a couple of variations on blade drills with a student. These repetitions and the thousands upon thousands that I have done before create body memory so that I just do not have to think but instead react. That is the goal and repetitive drills help you achieve this! So the next time you are doing a drill of any kind relish in the thought that you are creating a situation that if you ever need these techniques they will be there for you and you just will not have to think about it!
See You On The Mats!
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