Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Deflecting Hammer



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.





Illustration

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)



DEFLECTING HAMMER

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 right thrusting, step through, front (toward 6:00H) to your lower abdomen area.

1) Step back (toward 6:00H) with your left foot into a right neutral bow, while delivering a right parrying downward block to the outside of the opponent's right lower leg (toward 4:30H) (counter clockwise V) (positioned cock), while simultaneously raising (toward 12:00V) your left open hand to your right solar plexus (positioned check), palm forward (toward 12:00H).
Result: The opponent's kick should be diverted to your right-rear flank (toward 4:30H) (close center line).

Note: Your blocking arm should continue its rotation until it reaches 3:00V (path of travel).

2) Shift forward (toward 12:00H) into a right forward bow, while rotating and extending your left open hand (clockwise V) (until you fingers point toward 3:00V) to pin the opponent's right arm, at the elbow, against their body (pressing/pinning check) with a right push-drag forward (toward 12:00H) - to close any needed distance between you and your opponent (optional).
Note: The opponent's right foot should now begin to plant (toward 4:30H).

3) Without losing any momentum from your previous moves, deliver a right inward hammering elbow to the opponent's face (toward 12:00H) (cut the circle) (borrowed force).
Result: At this point the opponent should collapse to the ground backward (on the 12:00H – 6:00H line), face up (toward 12:00V).

4) Shift backward (toward 6:00H) into a right neutral bow, and reposition your right arm, by dropping your right elbow (toward 6:00H), to a right vertical blocking position.  Simultaneously, rotate (counter clockwise V) (until your fingers point toward 12:00V) and retract your left hand to your right solar plexus (positioned check), palm forward (toward 12:00H), while maintaining your other defenses (positioned check).