In part one of “How to train on a slippery surface“, I demonstrated training on a slippery tiled floor. The video quality was pretty poor because of the low lighting so I decided to give it another try during daylight hours. This new video still isn’t all that great because my cellphone only records at 15 frames/second. So it looks choppy. Can’t help that. Anyway, here’s the video:
As you can see, I didn’t fall once. Ha! And for the smarty-pants among you: I didn’t fall when the camera was off either (though you should have seen me sliding all over the place when I walked to my car last week…) .
Whether you fall or not isn’t all that important anyway. What counts is that you try to push the limits of your martial arts or self defense skills and explore new ways of doing your techniques while you’re sliding on ice.
Some background information:
- There was no plan. I was just having fun experimenting, trying out techniques. I mixed combat sports techniques with self defense moves. Why? Because I felt like it. That’s all.
- The high kicks were for fun, not for practical use. Fun, but also to see how far I could take it before I lost my balance. So don’t go thinking I’m advocating high kicks when you fight on ice…
- The surface was cut up. This wasn’t a nice, smooth ice rink. The ice-surface was irregular form where cars had been driving all over it. Most of it was slippery as hell with here and there a small spot where it wasn’t as bad. But I wasn’t looking down so I didn’t know where those spots were until I stepped on them. That was part of the fun.
- I’m wearing normal shoes. No fancy soles or anything, just regular Nike’s. Speaking of wardrobe: I look like the Michelin man because I’m wearing loads of layers; it was frikkin’ cold!
So what worked?
This iced up parking lot was very different from my humid garage floor. Some things were similar, others different. Some thoughts:
- Driving off the back leg sucked. It was hardly possible at all. Forget raising the back heel, couldn’t be done.
- Follow the kick. Retracting a kick was very difficult. But following the kicking leg and shifting weight on it as you put the foot down worked real well.
- Circular technique were hard. Most times when I tried hooks or roundhouse kicks, I had to stop before I fell. Unless I limited hip torque or did them slower, to the point of lacking power and therefor becoming useless. Straight line punches, uppercuts, downward strikes and front kicks worked great.
- Leaning front stance = awesome. You can see me do this at around 3min10. I alternate a right and left front stance, leaning forward to balance my weight on top of the lead leg. This worked real well. My back leg would moves around a bit but that didn’t matter. Glad to see all that tai chi training paying off. :-)
Like I said before, this is what works for me. If it doesn’t for you, that’s OK. But go out on a patch of ice and give it a try first, then we can talk.
Also, don’t forget that this is just solo training. It’s good training but there’s one important component missing: somebody to strike. That changes the dynamics once again. If I can get somebody to hold the pads for me, I’ll make another video and show you how it went.
Have fun training!