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Bando Minute

The Stance Drill

This week, our Bando minute updates will focus on the three basic combative stances: the N stance, the L stance, and the H stance. Here’s the last installment in this series. If you’ve been working the Bando Minute every day for the past week, you’re now ready for the Stance Drill (as taught in our […]

Playing with stances

This week, our Bando minute updates will focus on the three basic combative stances: the N stance, the L stance, and the H stance. Each of these has a Low, Middle, and High expression of the stance. A good stance establishes a balance between stability and mobility; depending on the context you may want a […]

The H Stance

This week, our Bando minute updates will focus on the three basic combative stances: the N stance, the L stance, and the H stance. Each of these has a Low, Middle, and High expression of the stance. A good stance establishes a balance between stability and mobility; depending on the context you may want a […]

The L stance

This week, our Bando minute updates will focus on the three basic combative stances: the N stance, the L stance, and the H stance. Each of these has a Low, Middle, and High expression of the stance. A good stance establishes a balance between stability and mobility; depending on the context you may want a […]

The N Stance

This week, our Bando minute updates will focus on the three basic combative stances: the N stance, the L stance, and the H stance. Each of these has a Low, Middle, and High expression of the stance. A good stance establishes a balance between stability and mobility; depending on the context you may want a […]

A simple arm exercise

Just a simple practice for tonight… start with the Safety X (forearms crossed, but not obstructing your eyesight). Extend the outside arm forward, without straightening the arm fully. Extend the inside arm so your hand is at least a fist distance away from your torso. Have one hand be at solar-plexus level, the other at […]

The Bend and Sway Drill – Part 2

This week’s focus will be on drills that reinforce an important idea from Joe Manley: You may be hit, but if you are moving you are less likely to be hurt. The key to these drills is the concept of slipping, that is, moving the body to avoid a direct strike. Yesterday’s Bando Minute highlighted […]

The Bend and Sway Drill – Part 1

This week’s focus will be on drills that reinforce an important idea from Joe Manley: You may be hit, but if you are moving you are less likely to be hurt. The key to these drills is the concept of slipping, that is, moving the body to avoid a direct strike. The Bend and Sway […]

The Necking Drill

This week’s focus will be on drills that reinforce an important idea from Joe Manley: You may be hit, but if you are moving you are less likely to be hurt. The key to these drills is the concept of slipping, that is, moving the body to avoid a direct strike. The Eight-Count Necking Drill […]

Lunge Dips

A good Bando stance requires legs that are strong. I’ve noticed in my students a tendency to straighten the knees when the thighs are tired, resulting in less mobility and balance. Today’s Bando minute provides a simple exercise that builds up quad strength. Doing this daily will make a big difference in your ability to […]