Greetings to All,
This is somewhat of a long question, i'll try to make it as concise as possible.
So i was reading an article on Isometric excersize and how one can use it to augment your stick work and such. The article did mention something to the effect that using heavier sticks during striking and such would 'mess up' the nuero-pathways all ready established through normal stick/striking patterns. Instead, they recommended just using normal sticks and doing one's striking pattern at a very low velocity and holding a static posture with the stick and at various points in the movement of the striking pattern.
Coming from a previous background of doing static postures from other martial arts (Bagua, tajijuan, Hsing-I) that uses isometric postures throughout certain forms, it can be useful in training the body (as far as static strength).
As far as NOT using heavier sticks because they will 'mess up' the neuro-pattern movement (muscle-memory), I'm not sure I buy that statement. I train with 1.5 to 2 inch diameter rattan sticks regularly and granted, they are heavier and I move slower with these sticks, yet when I use a normal 7/8 inch stick or a lighter rattan stick, obviously my speed is much faster only because I regularly train with heavy sticks. I don't feel that they have messed up the pattern of movement for my striking pattern, but I could be mistaken in that sense.
Anyways, do any of you think that using heavy weight sticks messes up your muscle memory? And do any of you do or have tried using isometric training with your stick work? All opinions and ideas are welcome.
It would be (in my opinion) impossible to do "static stick work" and get anything out of it, for the simple fact that you can only reach full range of motion, and use the little rebound effects of the tendons and ligaments, if you are moving with some speed. And in my thoughts, using a heavier weight, much similar to weight training, forces those tendons and ligaments to have to get stronger, in order to rebound that extra weight. Static postures are good for your structure or foundation behind the strike, or to practice perfect technique in a gross body movement. But in order to get those strikes in right, they need to be practiced with some speed, some resistance, and whatever else you can think of. And hit a lot of objects. Hitting the air won't be the same as hitting a person. Those pretty forms can turn ugly real fast in a fight.
These are just my personal thoughts :)
Regarding the article on isometric exercise benefits on stick work, can you provide a link so that we may read it and further analyze it.
Regarding speed, I agree with JSPEEDY that the heavy stick will not make you any faster however once accustomed to the stick, your force of impact will be greater.
Here is the website. I do not know if you'll be able to read the full article but this is the article i was referring to.
I like how you referenced the how baseball players/bat swinging experiment. Ya, my FMA style doesn't really us flicking type strikes, as the idea in Sina Tirsia Wali (very similar to Pekiti Tirsia) is that the stick is just a training tool for the blade. Obviously, I can't always use a training blade to strike my striking bag(mainly cause I'll destroy my striking bag) so we use rattan sticks. Though ultimately I've been using a dulled training bolo that is similar in dimensions and weight to a real bolo blade that I would use.
But I never knew that using a heavier stick wouldn't help my striking. I mostly use my heavy rattan sticks for getting the correct angle and movement of the strike, and I generally go at a very slow speed (almost at 'tai chi' like speeds). The heavier weight of the rattan sticks don't allow me to 'cheat' the angles since I have to use a little bit more strength and muscle control to make sure I get the correct angle, orientation, and follow through.