I am half way through re-learning the bastardized wooden dummy form. I reached the point where there is a bunch of rotating Wing Chun hand techniques. The problem is that this small section relies heavily on the two-person sets to reinforce what’s happening on the dummy. Since I’m free-styling and lack a partner I decided to eliminate the fine motor skill techniques and replace them with a side entry throw.
I first learned this technique in chin na. There it was called “arm holds the dragon’s head”. (gotta love those names!) After we got the basics down of any technique sifu would also show us other applications. In the case of this technique it could also be a throw. Here’s the lock version:
During my limited time in aikido I was shown their side entry throw (at least one version). I can’t recall the exact name, however, I did find a version of this throw being used against a weapon.
(Note that you can practice the entry to this throw on a freestanding bag or a mook jong.)
This is one of those throws/locks that I just plain like. When we free-styled in chin na I was often able to make the lock work in dynamic situations. Also, if you botch the lock the throw part usually works.