Monday, November 2, 2015

From Silat to Wansu an interpretative study

 If you really are in the study of Isshinryu you find gem’s of understanding in many arts that will help your journey.


Allow me to present an analytical study of one Siliat series because:

1.       It’s a neat two person exercise – nothing wrong with enjoying your study.

2.       Looking into the underlying principles yields understanding that helps in other places of our study.

3.       The entire drill is an exercise in Wansu application.


The technique is Danny Inosanto presenting one Siliat technique application study on youtube.


  (note I often download the .flv file from youtube to save and use in future analysis and reference)


Next I have developed my own descriptive shorthand to describe two person interaction. It is never exactly the same as what is done on the floor, but it helps break the series into pieces making analysis easier.


The following is how I first describe how Danny Inosanto is working the technique series.


1. Attacker uses right low roundhouse

  1.a. Defender raises left leg to parry kick  (note how both arms are extended in front of the Defender)


2. Attacker returns right foot to ground and strikes with the right hand

  2.a. Defender presses across the Attackers punch with both arms  and counter right knee strikes into their abdomen


3. Attacker strikes with their left hand

  3.a. Defender just presses both hand into the inside of the Attacker’s strike to deflect it

  3.b. Then the Defenders right arm circles the attacker down (clockwise) to be followed with a right strike to the Attackers head – they shy from that strike.

  3.c.  Next the Defender’s left hand grabs the Attacker’s arm and the Defender’s right arm pulls back from the punch as he shifts slightly to the rear. This drags the Defender forward destroying their center and balance.

  3.d. The Defender concludes by using their right arm to circle behind the Attacker’s head and rotate them down to the ground, following them down for effect.


So we have three man attack sequences and three sets of defensive counters.

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