Advice on Holding the
by John Chow of Tao of Tai Chi Chuan Institute for
Health, Self Defence and Spiritual Development.
"You can only be a good eskrimador
if you are a good feeder"
"Feed properly with care in order not to hurt yourself
and your partner"
“Improve your skills and character by feeding your partners
with loving care to help them improve. In
improved skills and character will benefit yourself”
“By executing the striking, punching, kicking, elbowing,
kneeing, throwing, sweeping, locking
- all techniques properly and
with a benevolent state of mind, not
only you prevent injury to yourself and your partners, but you also enable both to advance together”
the mitts to your side. Do not hold the mitt in front of your face.
the path of the punches.
not try to crash your partner’s punches. It will sprain your
footwork to avoid the momentum of your partner’s punches.
- Softland the force of your partner’s punches - withdraw the mitt slightly upon contact.
Use footwork to assist in this.
not over-withdraw the mitt, making your
partner chase after it in order to hit it. Do not run away from your
the mitt where your partner can (easily) hit it. Be helpful.
Your job is to assist your partner to hit it, not
try to prevent your partner from hitting it.
bit by bit as your partner inches forward bit by bit.
distancing and footwork with your partner. Retreat to accommodate
your partner’s advances.
the mitt directly at the angle that the punches are coming from.
This is usually where your partner’s fist are.