Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Alternating Maces

As the description says, this is just an example of the technique. It is done at a moderate speed, but with emphasis where needed. Not too fast so that you can't see what's happening. Not too slow as to get the feel of how it should work.


Here is our illustration of the Ideal Phase of the technique. You will notice that this illustration is unlike any of the written versions of the techniques to date. It contains a number of unique features, such as: not only what you are doing to the opponent, but also what the reaction to what you are doing should be; and both a horizontal and vertical clock of directions.

We feel that this illustration method is far superior to any other and leads to a more precise understanding of what is being done. So, if you start seeing this illustration methodology anywhere else, you know where it came from...

Clock Legend:
H = Horizontal (think flat on the floor)
V = Vertical (think standing up - straight thru your center-line)


Situation: You are in a (passive) normal stance (facing 12:00H) with both of your hands raised to shoulder height, palms forward (toward 12:00H) (positioned covers) with the opponent (at 12:00H) (facing 6:00H) executing a direct two-hand push (toward 6:00H) toward your chest.

1) Step back (toward 6:00H) with your left foot into a right neutral bow (toward 12:00H) with a right downward horizontal forearm block (toward 6:00V), hand open (margin for error) and palm down (toward 6:00V), on top of and perpendicular to (on 3:00H – 9:00H line), the opponent's forearms.  Immediately, shift forward (toward 12:00H) into a right forward bow (toward 12:00H) with a left vertical thrust punch (minor) to the opponent's sternum (toward 12:00H) (fit).

Note: Your left vertical thrust punch must pass on top of your right blocking arm.

Result: The opponent's forward momentum should be halted and your right arm should restrict the opponent's arms from moving upward (toward 12:00V).

2) Circling (toward 1:30V) inside and on top of your left arm, execute a right snapping outward back-knuckle (toward 12:00H) to the opponent's right temple (major), while simultaneously shifting back (toward 6:00H) into a right neutral bow (counter rotational force) and opening your left hand (margin for error), dropping it diagonally downward (toward 7:30V) (bending your left arm at the elbow) on top of the opponent's arms (both – if possible) (pressing check) - replacing your right arm.

3) Return your right arm to a blocking position (positioned check), while maintaining your other positioned checks.

Note: At this point the opponent should be thrust back (toward 2:00H) and collapse to the ground (toward 6:00V).