The Steel Mace has quickly become one of my favorite tools to work with. I had played around with the Steel Mace for some time, but since becoming a Steel Mace Specialist through ONNIT Academy, I’ve been honing and refining my skills with this tool in new ways.
I’ve been toying with concepts and ideas that have helped me learn more about myself (strengths and weaknesses) as well as about my clients. As I’ve programmed for individuals and groups, I’ve zeroed in on a few ways in which to engage my clients with the Steel Mace (both as individuals and in a group setting).
I recently had a conversation with a colleague about this topic and as I was sharing with him my ideas on programming, I realized that these concepts would be helpful to any Steel Mace Specialist or even enthusiast working out on their own.
Although I’m sure there are plenty of ways to program a Steel Mace class, I’ve come up with three basic focal points for my Steel Mace Training programs, based on concepts from my experience as a Salsa dancer. They are:
1. Skill Acquisition
2. Foundational Movement Centered
3. Choreography Style
When I lived in Bangkok, I was looking for something constructive to do with my evenings and a guy who lived next door to me told me about a Salsa club where I could learn to dance before the party started. I checked it and after my first class I was hooked.
I returned every Thursday night for the class and party. The class was a step by step training, which started with basic steps and finished with a few moves put together in sequence. We then practiced a few times to music and once the party started, I used the hell out of those moves until they became second nature, assessing whether my hands in the right place? Were my steps correct?
Each week I built on the last week’s knowledge and each party I added new moves to my repertoire. I learned to sequence moves together until they became a “flow” and I could complete a 4 minute song with variety. Before I knew it, I went from the guy no one wanted to dance with to the guy every woman wanted to dance with. My dancing became unconscious, effortless and smooth.
See where we’re heading here?
My 3 Styles of Steel Mace Training Programs are based on these concepts: