Hello from Iron Mountain camp in North Carolina! I’m currently enjoying a weekend full of Counterpoint Tactical System training. This Friday, let’s review the reverse and forward triangles and the side step in preparation for the ranging drill in next week’s Footwork Friday post. Before heading off into the ranging footwork pattern, it’s important to perform each of these three patterns.
Disclaimer: The footwork discussed below is from Counterpoint Tactical System as I’ve learned it from Master Zach Whitson. Any errors or inconsistencies are mine. The spirit of this series is me studying footwork in more depth. I don’t claim to know everything, and I will make mistakes. But, again, those mistakes are mine. Also, this article is for reference only and should be used as a secondary source only. Please, see a Filipino martial arts instructor if you wish to really and accurately learn these techniques.
Reverse triangle is the basic footwork that a CTS student learns first. I think of this footwork as an attacking pattern because my goal is to get to my attackers back as quickly as possible.
Forward triangle is the next footwork that I teach. I think of this as an evasive footwork to maintain range. This footwork teaches how to move backwards on an angle, which is an important defensive manuever.
Side step is a complex footwork that is used to maintain range with an opponent while evading a weapon at the same time.