Insights and Training Tips from Tactical Arts


Insights from the Tactical Arts Academy

Training for Success with the Four Walls

Training for Success with the Four Walls
Recently, our level 1 Pekiti Tirsia students have been working on the Four Walls method (a.k.a Quatro Cantos and Apat na Paligid). Progress is good so far, but the key will be in their understanding. We started the training with basic coordination and body mechanics. We then developed timing and proprioception through repetition of the entries. We added combinations to the entries and developed more dynamic movement - removing hesitation and artificial pauses. Once the coordination was right, we added reaction training to embed the skills in the student. I have found that though very simple, the Four Walls techniques are often misunderstood. The misunderstanding often lies in the perception of how the technique will be applied. If you want to be successful, you must really understand the t...
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Slow is Smooth and Smooth is Fast

"Slow is Smooth and Smooth is Fast." This quote, with a background in the US Army, is often cited in the training world as well as in the execution of tactical operations.  The gist of the quote is, if you rush a movement, task or operation, then you will likely take a longer route to the desired outcome.  Rushing results in fumbling and imprecise actions which will delay the success of your mission.   Taking the time to be precise, make more economical movements, and make wise evaluations about how to proceed will result in a more effective and quick outcome.  Simply put - Don't rush! I think the application for of this concept as a training method can be more profound.  It can really be the difference between mastery and amateur efforts.  I have applied...
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