Tuesday 3 June 2014

Class notes: standing grappling workshop

3 drill:
Applying the Bong sau. See it's use and application as links in the pressure release valve on the outside of the arm. Ideally have a 135 degree angle. Incidentally you can practise this every time you walk through a door. Push the door open and as you walk through let the pressure release points in the arm happen at the elbow, shoulder and turn turn. Remember that the elbow is higher than the wrist.

Within the drill get used to counting 6 numbers - 1, 2, 3 attacks, 4, 5, 6 absorbtions/blocks. You need to bong on the number 6 as this will give you the gap to get the other hand out to block the palm strike.

Pak sau - hit towards him, encourage towards me.
Lap sau - does not go in one direction. You can push it towards his hip (evasive), into his void (pulling), up to the side even like the beginning of an arm drag. It is all about feeling the energy and exploring its use. So, stop thinking about lap going in one direction. Likewise with the double lap. PLay around with it.

We then looked at using:

Absorb relax and explode with different speed and rhythm. Relax on the defences and speed up on the attacks. Exploding with attacks only can happen if you are relaxed as there can be no acceleration from tension.

How to stay soft, relaxed and strong at the same time? constant forward pressure from your energy. Absorb his energy like a spring then send it forwards with your attacks.

We did loads of changes with everyone to feel the different energies in action and to have a go at absorbing and exploding in the 3 drill.

Drilling the position and tightness.
Transition to chicken wing and back again. In reality you really turn fast and throw the hips through as you pull your arms onto his back and shoulder.. We need to do it a lot slower as the pace will tear the shoulder. Even at a more 'understanding' pace you can still feel the incredible potential of what can happen to the shoulder using the DWL.

In the chicken wing, when his hand goes on the floor, hand on the face, turn it away and then up. This is nice as it can keep you mobile in combat. If at any point it is not working then go back straight to the DWL. Remember to keep your hands linked. To tighten the chicken wing aspect of the move, grab the back of his arm.

The other version is peel off the DWL to the chicken wing, push the arm through so the neck is on the fulcrum of your forearm and you can add knees to the mix.

Another tip: don't let yourself get disconnected with the DWL. Squeeze your elbow to your ribs - this will trap his arm. Pull the wrist tight into your chest and own the arm. Do not be in a hurry to get it. If he does not let you get the strong grip you can peel of to the chicken wing.

Keep gaps to the minimum.

Hand on hip - reverse rev, grind the tricep into the chicken wing.

Hand on hip - reverse rev, grind the tricep, weight on his upper arm so he goes down, fold him into the chicken wing.

Several times tonight Martin talked about being creative, not only with the DWL and thinking outside of the box and where the DWL can be applied.

Sensitivity drill: Stay out of range of the punches as you guide down the powerlines, don't push back or use too much energy.
Kau sau (hook)into body clinch by stepping into his hip as you clasp the far side hip. This then led into head and shoulder rev leading to knees to the face.

Double lap mechanics - wrist and elbow and pull down at the same time as you grab. Bend both legs and send the arms down. A common error is to bend the hips to lap. Instead, use gravity and sound body structure.

Final thoughts at the end of the session were:

1: Be creative, have fun whilst you are learning this and ways to explore how techniques can be applied.

2: As you go along you path in the martial arts, choose a few moves and make them yours. What is it that works for you? What is it that you love to do?

Again, another tremendous session tonight.

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