Using the Sticks

In StickXfit™, each participant utilizes two sticks for: 

Tactile partner interaction, known as ”double stick training”
Solo training, using the StickXmate™ trainer
StickXboxing (kickboxing holding sticks)
Stick Drills: sticks are placed on the floor in various drill patterns for motor skill, core training and to sustain aerobic intensity. 

While StickXfit workouts are designed as a neuro-challenging, integrated, multi-modality fitness program, the uniqueness of the Filipino Kali martial arts style of double stick moves you’ll execute in every class, actually trains you in techniques that are functional for self-defense purposes. The stick movements are the same movements used in boxing and many other martial arts. Therefore, while using the sticks, you’re actually learning self-defense and attack movements. 

The discerning difference between Filipino Martial arts and other martial arts systems is the unique style of multi-limb movement. Meaning, we can utilize both arms from any frame position meaning our arms can be open, crossed, or fully closed, you’re still be able to effectively hit any target. The other difference is the sticks are simultaneously moving in opposite direction, e.g. one moving forward and the other is pulling back at the same time. 

The Stick Advantage 

When we define StickXfit as “cognitive training” or “neural-based program” we are talking about benefits beyond the physical aspects of becoming more fit or the emotional aspects of improved mood and well-being. Training with sticks as our focus, creates a science-evidenced core base of improving these brain skills to stimulate and improve the synchronization of mind/body integration. By doing so we also enhance overall strength and cardio endurance training results: 

Ambidexterity
Coordination
Hand-Eye Coordination
Peripheral Vision
Multi-Tasking
Speed
Processing Abilities
Focus and Attention
Response Time
Cross Lateral Training