Sunday, October 14, 2012

Block Left or Block Right

While I do not have a special favorite kata (this minute), I do favoronw technique performed in a natural fashion, the circular block/strike. Following the lessons from the late Sherman Harrill and expkloring every potential use, I offer the following analysis



Below are some basic drills to safely begin their study. More advanced understanding of their potential comes from the senior instructors. This is to promote safer practice and provide the material when the students control develops. This is dan level study.

The use of the lower body is not being addressed with these drills.

Block Left – the blocking action is to the left of one’s centerline.

Block Left

The attacker RFF with a Right Strike.

1. Step RFF (interior line of defense)(angling your center across their strike about 20 degrees), and parry to the left with your right palm (just before their elbow).

1.a. Your left open hand rises to the front of your right shoulder.

2. Then parry out with your left palm (also just before their elbow).

3. Execute a right rolling back hand strike into the side of their neck.

4. Then the left hand slips up to press into their shoulder from behind, and you trow a right rising elbow strike into their shoulder.

And by just changing the angle, this is the rolling backfist strike at Seiunchin Kata ending (all versions), just with a different angle of execution. The palm strikes are done with 'mumichi' or a sticky flowing movement to press out and redirect their strike.

This technique really flows through a strike.

If the attacker is LFF with a Left Strike.

1. Step RFF (exterior line of defense)(angling your center across their strike about 20 degrees), and parry to the left with your right palm (just behind their elbow).

1.a.Your left open hand rises to the front of your right shoulder.

2. Step further forward and the left palm strikes into their face with a flowing to movement, turning their head clockwise and becoming a forced takedown.

The key to both of these movements rests on setp 1.a. where the left hand rises to the shoulder, otherwise it will never get there in time.


Block Left Extended

If the attacker is LFF with a Left Strike.

1. Step RFF (exterior line of defense)(angling your center across their strike about 20 degrees), and parry to the left with your right palm (just behind their elbow).

1.a Your left open hand rises to the front of your right shoulder.

2. Step further forward and the left palm strikes into their face with a flowing sticky movement, turning their head and becoming a forced takedown.

3. Your left open palm presses into the jaw to rotate their head counter-clockwise, as your right elbow strikes to the rear of their neck.

4. The right open hand rolls out and presses the palm out and down clockwise) and across the attackers neck, for a forced takedown.


Block Right – the blocking action is to the right of one’s centerline.

Block Right

If the attacker is LFF with a Left Strike.

1. RFF (interior line of defense) with a left rising back palm deflection parry as it rolls back to your shoulder.

2. Then use a right rising back palm deflection parry as it rolls back towards the shoulder.

3. Slide forward, the left hand presses in on their chest (and/or right arm) as you throw a rising right elbow strike to the side of the opponent’s rib cage.



Block Right Extended

If the attacker is LFF with a Left Strike.

1. RFF (interior line of defense) with a left rising back palm deflection parry it rolls back to your shoulder.

2. Then use a right rising back palm deflection parry as it rolls back towards the shoulder.

If the attacker then launches a Right strike

3. Use your left to slice down into their right strike with a low block.

4. Slide forward, the left hand presses in on their chest (and/or right arm) as throw a rising right elbow strike to the side of the opponent’s rib cage.

If the attacker is RFF with a Right Strike

1. RFF (exterior line of defense) with a left palm deflection parry as it rolls back to your shoulder.

2. Then use a right rising back palm deflection parry as it rolls back towards the shoulder.

3. Right arm folds into a rising elbow strike into their ribs

Block Right Extended

If the attacker is RFF with a Right Strike

1. RFF (exterior line of defense) with a left rising and then descending palm deflection parry as it rolls back to your shoulder.

2. Continue RFF but angle to the right and then use a right rising back palm to roll across their arm and in turn reach down to their left hip, as if to touch

it. The left hand flows to their back.

3. Right arm folds into a rising elbow strike into their face. The right forearm moves the face to rotate clockwise, and the left hand is placed behind their neck.

Strike Left – Instead of blocking to the left side – Strike

Strike Left

Attacker RFF Right Punch

Rght cross hand parry at the wrist

1.a. Left hand is on the top to the right shoulder

RFF as left open hand reaches out to flow across the attackers eyes, moving their head clockwise.


Strike Right – Instead of blocking to the right side – Strike

Attacker LFF Left Punch

Left cross hand parry at their wrist
Right hand reaches out and flows across their eyes rotating their neck clockwise.

Alternate

Left cross parry parry at their wrist

Attacker right punch

2. Right hand reaches out and flows across their striking arm, redirecting their strike back to their face


Classical Indonesian Method

Attacker RFF Right Punch

LFF Right cross parry to wrist

1.a. Left hand is on the top to the right shoulder

2. Left open hand reaches out to flow across the attackers eyes, moving their head clockwise.

3. RFF as left hand flows down behind their shoulder and right elbow strike (tip) across their chest (striking the rear hand with the body in between.

4. Follow with a right rising elbow strike to the upper chest

5. Rt hacksaw across and behind their neck with the right hand

6. Spiraling takedown, the right goes around the neck and comes out to the front behind.

7. As they rotate the head in (clockwise) the left hand hooks their right elbow and uses a circular throw to take them down.

8. Complete as their twisted by dropping down into horse stance, and press into their neck and rotate their arm the opposite turning direction, cranking them into a locking technique.

Difference between two hand technique and double hand technique.

Two hand technique is a one-two technique.

Double hand technique reaches both hands out simultaneously.

Double hand technique

Attacker RFF Right Punch

RFF turn left and both hand reach over the arm and pull back.

As this happens the right tip of the elbow impales their chest simultaneously.

There is much more potential here.

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