Sinawali translates to weaving It refers to the weaving motion the double sticks make when coming together.
I always tell my students that in a real fight you will not suddenly find yourself fighting a person who just so happens to have two rattan stick with him. Additionally you will not have your two rattan sticks with you.
So what is the purpose then of practicing something like this where you will not ever use in a real fight?
Simple, this drill give you coordination, rhythm and timing attributes that you would not get with other types of training.
First lets talk about coordination. Coordination found within this 14 count sinawali drill starts with knowing where to put your stick after striking. Notice that the kids in the video was specifically talking about where the stick goes after striking. This is very important to the drill because if you wind up the stick in the wrong location, you will not be able to deliver the correct strike on the next beat.
This type of coordination is also found in boxing.
Where? You might ask? Whenever you throw a punch in boxing you need to be setting up your next punch by winding up to the correct place.
Rhythm is very important in fighting. Not necessarily regular rhythm but specifically broken rhythm. However, you cannot learn broken rhythm or half beats without first becoming very rhythmic yourself.
I hope you see the value of Sinawali training in the martial arts. Sinawali is one of the very first things we teach here at our martial arts academy in Las Vegas.