This drill is used extensively within the 5×5 system it is an underrated drill but when done correctly can give countless hours of training material and gives sensitivity and fluidity as well.
At the beginning level we use the drill to gain a basic level of competency with empty hand and weapons using it as a catalyst for locks, chokes, disarms and feed-backs.
Once a good level is achieved then other things can be added into the mix, two weapons against one, moving from standing to kneeling to laying down whilst still carrying out the drill, working on putting empty hand combinations together, using footwork to move around whilst still doing the drill.
Abner Pasa has a saying “Do the drill to get the skill, when you have the skill forget the drill”
I think if you practice Higot Hubud to the highest level you will transcend the drill and be left with a tremendous skill set in regards to fighting at medium and close range.
5x5x5 system is being taught in the UK at present anyone interested please get in touch.
I think with the stringent law on edged weapons that operates with the UK it is important to look at effective empty hand striking to include more emphasis on the knife defence element and the use of effective disarms, then use appropriate immobilisation of opponent. I feel the empty hands should be taught first along with knife defence, then weapons.
Within the 5×5 system we use western boxing as a catalyst learning jab, cross, hooks and uppercuts throwing in a variation hook from Muay Chaiya Nawarrat that gives us our base 5 techniques these are drilled in combinations using pads and then in sparring once competency is gained.
We can also use empty hand drills like Higot Hubud and Pakgang to gain sensitivity and variety.
For the knife defence we can use hubud again or themed sparring working up to doing blocks, disarms and counter techniques to near full speed and power to add realism.
Even though we are learning to deal with life threatening situations we should still train safe with regards to our partner and try to work with as many different shapes and sizes of opponent.
The last element is being prepared mentally to deal with the threat of injury and having the right mindset to go with the physical tools you have developed, recognising adrenalin dump how to avoid it, pressure testing what you learn regularly in a safe environment, environment awareness is also important and switching on the alert if you are in strange places, trust the instincts you have developed if you feel like running then run away don’t let ego rule your natural instincts, only fight when you have no choice.
Practicinga martial art is a fun and rewarding experience and so you should enjoy your practice but that does not mean you are not serious when it comes down to the wire.
We start off learning the 5 basic angles using normal grip slashing, then we progress to doing the same with a reverse grip. After competency we do a full sequence slashing normal and reverse grip both hands. We then introduce stabbing and eventually this is all combined in a slashing / stabbing drill so that with familiarity, you have lots of options. We work sensitivity using Higot Hubud and Tapi Tapi drills.
We then start to look at the defence part of the system as we now have an understanding of angles and flow, we can easily adapt the empty hand techniques. Disarms, locks, feed backs and chokes are then introduced keeping it to the simple 5 techniques we use as our model throughout the system.
Free sparring is encouraged but really it is better to do themed type sparring to prepare for multiple opponents or long range weapons.
Anyone interested in learning this system contact me and I will put you in touch with the people teaching in the UK.
The idea behind this system is simplicity so we only have five basic strikes and blocks, the footwork is with strong hand and leg forward and full stepping or following stepping can be used depending on what weapon and opponent you are facing.
To supplement the striking and blocking we have some drills with Higot Hubud at the heart of them as this drill teaches listening skills with coordination and also it can be utilised at medium and close range using a sword/stick or knife and empty hands. Disarms, locks, chokes etc can also be drilled in a controlled manner as can trips and sweeps as well as takedowns.
The knife is taught as a defensive weapon only at first and is mainly utilised in drill and technique format until competency is reached then it can be sparred in a controlled way utilising themes to enhance the skills and understanding.
Unlike most other FMA we teach empty hand and knife skills first then the stick/sword later as this is more practical for a martial arst based in the UK, if in Thailand I would also teach firearms and more live blade training along with environment awareness.