1. Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast
Without beginning with slow training, it's nearly impossible to engage in self-observation. Carenza, sayaw, whatever your particular FMA system calls solo movement training, is an opportunity to watch and feel how you move and increase efficiency. Are you winging your elbow out on your backhand jabs instead of keeping it in? Are your forehand strikes so wide that they can easily be seen coming? Taking your time with your motion will give you opportunity to see the things you overlook when moving quickly.
2. Aim Small, Miss Small
Secondly, when working partnered drills or solo target striking drills, work on pinpoint targeting. Take the focus you've developed on hitting with the tip of your weapon, and not aim for targets on your heavy bag, wall target, or training partner that are no larger than the tip of your weapon. Don't aim for the left side of their head, aim for their left eye, their left cheek bone, their jaw, or a specific point on their collar bone. Combine that with "Slow is smooth, smooth is fast, and less is more" to give yourself the time to teach yourself the most efficient and minimal ways to strike those targets.
3. Empty Your Cup
- Sifu JB