1st July 2008
Imperial Host Master Jose Maidana Workshop.
Master Jose Maidana VII, National Coach for Argentina flew over to London to train with Imperial students. Accompanied by Mr Dalton VI (IUTF) a training session was scheduled for Wednesday night at 7pm. Joined by Master Hogan VII and Mr Pat McCarthy VI Imperial students lined up eagerly awaiting Master Maidana arrival.
Mr Dalton run the group through a very disciplined and thorough warm up and we were all raring to go. Master Maidana entered the hall with Master Nicholls VIII to a round of applause, after a brief introduction it was straight to business;
Trying not to disclose too many Argentinean secrets Master Maidana explained that their sparring is broken-down and each part practiced separately and then combined. Asking the class to suggest different stances they use in sparring Master Maidana identified four important stances and numbered them accordantly. By practicing various combinations up and down the dojang we were tuning our bodies and movements to stay balanced when cover varying distances. Being able to move forward and backwards with great speed while maintaining equilibrium will help deliver a well balanced blow, making it more effective and harder to evade.
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