Monday, 22 February 2010


We worked Numerado at the class tonight. The students did well to pick it up even though it may have fried their brains. Sifu McFann arrives tomorrow and teaches tomorrow night at the gym. Teaching focuses my mind right now and is a welcome escape from all the trials and tribulations of hospital visits.

Dan Inosanto Interview:

The Numerado in the Villabrille System now, that means it’s a circular drill in which you will move around your opponent and what it is, is your opponent feeds you a certain angle of attack and you counter it and follow up with up to one, two, three, four or even five hits and then he’ll attack you on another line and this will continue. Meanwhile your trying to zone to his side where he cannot see, so he has to switch his whole attack and face you, that is the Numerado in the Villabrille System.

As in another system, the Numerado is a numbering system where you just learn twelve angles of attack. In other systems, the Numerado is 144 techniques, that’s 12 techniques for one, 12 techniques for two sometimes they refer to it as abecedario. Then again, the abecedario in some systems is a numbering system. In other systems they add the contradas, which is usually depending on what each instructor wants, will be 12 techniques for one, 12 techniques for 2, or 12 possible techniques for one and 12 possible techniques for 2 and 3 and 4 and so on.

Besides being a really cool drill, what are some of the combative benefits of the Numerado drill…..?

One of the benefits I think is, it teaches you to zone away from the rear hand and it teaches you to zone away if there is a another opponent within the equation of the attack. So I think it teaches you circling, zoning and mobility principles.

In teaching Numerado, what is the training progression …..?

In the Villabrille System they will attack with number one, if you were to think of a clock, and you were standing at 12 O’clock, your job would be to move all the way to 6.00 O’clock by the time you finished your last strike on the counter. Then when he attacks off number two, you will at least try to move 45 degrees from the original place that you were at. The idea behind this is to simulate more than one warrior, because one attack might be from this direction and one attack might be from that direction. Numerado is also a very good light aerobic exercise, however it could also be a heavy aerobic exercise, which could also lead into the anaerobic system.

Can the drill be trained with various weapons….?

Yes, the Numerado is a very good drill because you can inter-change different weapons. Double stick could be double sword, double sword could be sword and shield, it could be a staff versus double sticks, it could be a spear versus double sticks. It could be stick and dagger versus shield and sword or single stick or double sticks. There are just so many different variations that you can put into it, that’s why I think it’s a very good drill. You can have a hatchet; you can have a sword and dagger as opposed to a sword and shield as opposed to a shield and dagger as opposed to a shield and an axe. So you can have a shield and axe and then you have an axe and dagger. There are just countless of different ways that you can expose your students to the Numerado drill.

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