Qinna class was more review for me. Mantis was actually putting me on the spot because he knows I plan to test soon. I’m still very much right side dominant so some of these techniques from the left side are not as good; or, in at least one instance, about a lost cause.
I had an epiphany of sorts with “two children worship the Buddha”. You can see the technique at 1:14 in this video:
- At the initial entry I need to simultaneously start the arm bar and twist
- After the bow I must remember to drive my shoulder into my opponent’s shoulder
- I’ve given up on stepping behind and trapping the leg
- I’m sticking with the basic step shown in the video; in class some of the guys start from a Mantis twisted stance step
- There’s a throw option from the bow (not shown in video) that I still need to work on
Stepping first: Most of the time I over step when I try to trap and this usually leaves my groin open. In fact Mantis has corrected me so much on it I’m giving up and doing it his way. He prefers to land side-to-side after the step.
Second, Dr. Yang does not flow into it from a Mantis twisted stance. So while most of the class does I’m keeping this simple and just stepping.
Third, the key is maintaining a good bind. It starts at the initial re-grab. You need to twist their arm and start the standing arm bar as you expand across the chest. Then all you do is bow and drive your shoulder into the attacker’s. Do it correctly and it feels like your arm will break at the elbow. It also creates a tearing sensation in your shoulder.
It took almost a year of practice for this to come together for me. Initially when I was first shown this one I thought there was no way I’d try to use this technique. However last night I tried this on someone who outweighed me by 50 lbs and when I did everything right they were very worried about their elbow and shoulder!
We closed with some realistic flow and stick drills. We mostly practiced snagging lead and rear punches. The challenge was to stick and ride the punch back. This time we were allowed to add locks to the mix. I had my “Karate Kid moment” where months of static practice–mostly out of context–all came together. Granted I could only pull of two locks and not every time but it all started to work on instinct.
As for Kung Fu class it was the usual line drill and push-up blitz. Airborne t-shirt was back in class and given that he’s a tad overweight I thought for sure someone might end up giving him CPR. I think Mantis was worried too and I overheard him tell Airborne that he could ease up or take a break if he needed to.
As for forms I got as far as leg seven of Tan Tui so I am over half way now. Next week is fighting applications week and I heard we are going to practice the hard set that we were taught at the seminar. This is good because I really liked that hard set and how it all flowed together.