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GaldraChevaliere wrote

I'm unsure how much I'd be able to learn from online courses. I picked up a lot of basic form for Fiore through an online syllabus, but still struggle with tempo and risk-taking because of how much time I had to spend learning those forms and stances without an actual opponent to respond to. HEMA unfortunately has a similar toxic community problem, compounded by the expense of entry and the sportification of the style. I picked it up to learn to use a weapon without a sensei guilting me over drawing it when I needed it instead of talking things out with my enemy, but the cost of protective equipment, the weapon and its training variants themselves, and of courses coupled with having to practice with mostly rich and reactionary men put me off almost entirely.

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Raven OP wrote

52 Blocks is still based on boxing so self train is possible. Equipment wise, it doesn't require anything except hand wraps, box gloves and speed bag. Punch bag and dummy could be DIY. And spar bar. For movement and dodging training, it's similar to Kali with a technique called slip rope: get a hand wrap or just some rope and hang it across the room, stretch it out, hang it as high as your shoulder, and train like this, be dynamic. For stance movement, skipping rope helps.

Though sparring with a dummy isn't as effective as with another person, still ok while train alone.

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mofongo wrote

How important do you consider lower body movements to practice the art in an acceptable form?

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Raven OP wrote

Footwork is extremely important, constantly on the move so that your target won't find your blind spot. Train on cardio. However kick is not the focus of the fighting because it can be easily countered or get you decapitated, which 52 Blocks reserves at least two techniques that incorporate brutal leg catching-and-breaking. Moreover, trading kicks often wear out your cardio quickly. 52 Blocks specifically trains you to work in gross motor movement, unlike any other systems where you only train or spar in fine motor skill. Gross motor implying that your muscles won't work the same way as it supposed to be when under stress or suppression, so trading kicks at your opponent will intensify your gross motor movement.

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