Straight Steps – Rada’s First Exercise

on April 30, 2012 in Destreza Theory

 

Rad’s first exercise places the student in the center of the Maximum Orb facing an adversary (or instructor) in order to practice linear steps.  The direction of the steps is indicated by letters on the circle (Point A to Point K, From Point A to Point L, etc.) with footprints to show the location of the feet when the steps are completed.

Forward and Backward

Forward Step (Compas Accidental)

  • From Point A, step forward with the lead foot to Point K
  • Step forward with the rear foot to Point K to return to the stance
  • To return to center from Point K, step backward with the rear foot to Point A
  • Push off the front foot to step back  into the stance at Point A

Backward Step (Compas Estraño)

  • From Point A, step back with the rear foot to Point R
  • Push off the front foot to step back  into the stance at Point R
  • To return to center from Point R, step forward with the front foot to Point A
  • Step forward with the rear foot back into the stance at Point A

Lateral Steps

Lateral Step Left (Compas de Trepidacion a la Izquierda)

  • From Point A, step left with the left foot to Point N
  • Finish the step left by stepping to Point N with the right foot and returning to the stance
  • Step to Point A by stepping right with the right foot
  • Finish the step by stepping right with the left foot to Point A

Lateral Step Right (Compas de Trepidacion a la Derecha)

  • From Point A, step right with the right foot to Point O
  • Finish the step right by stepping to Point O with the left foot and returning to the stance
  • Step to Point A by stepping left with the left foot
  • Finish the step by stepping left with the right foot to Point A

 Transverse Steps

Transverse Left (Compas Transversal a la Izquierda)

  • From Point A step forward to the left at a 45 degree angle with the front foot to Point M pre-turning the foot back towards the adversary
  • Finish by stepping with the rear foot to return to stance at Point M

Transverse Right (Compas Transversal a la Derecha)

  • From Point A step forward to the right at a 45 degree angle with the front foot to Point L pre-turning the foot back towards the adversary
  • Finish by stepping with the rear foot to return to stance at Point L

Mixed Back & Lateral

Mixed Step Left & Back (Compas Mixto de Trepidacion a la Izquierda y Estraño)

  • From Point A step backward to the left at a 45 degree angle with the rear foot to Point P
  • Finish by stepping with the front foot to return to stance at Point P

Mixed Step Right & Back (Compas Mixto de Trepidacion a la Derecha y Estraño)

  • From Point A step backward to the right at a 45 degree angle with the rear foot to Point Q
  • Finish by stepping with the front foot to return to stance at Point Q

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