Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Grasp of Death (AKA The Pincher)

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)

The Grasp of Death (aka The Pincher)

Situation: Start from a forward bending position (toward 12:00H) with the opponent to your left (at 9:00H) applying the right arm, flank headlock.

1) Step forward, with your right foot (toward 12:00H), into a right wide kneel (stabilize base), so your left knee is positioned on the outside of the opponent's right knee (positioned check), with a right hand grab to the opponent's right wrist, while also turning your head (clockwise V) (toward 9:00V) and tucking your chin, on the inside of the opponent's right wrist, to your left shoulder. Simultaneously with the prior moves, pinch the back-inside portion of the opponent's right knee with your left hand (minor), palm forward (toward 12:00H), using your thumb, on the outside, and four fingers, on the back of the opponent's knee.
Note: The tuck of your chin will stop the opponent from choking you.
Result: The opponent's right leg should bend forward and down at the knee (toward 4:30V), to escape the pinch, while the lock from the opponent's right arm should begin to loosen.

2a) Release the pinch with your left hand and circle your left arm (clockwise) (ending toward 6:00V) around the outer, right side of the opponent's body and ending on top of the opponent's right shoulder as you simultaneously, pull the opponent's right arm forward (toward 12:00H) and to your right (toward 3:00H) off of your head with a left downward (toward 4:30V) and forward (toward 12:00H) pressing forearm.
Note: It is essential that your right arm use the leverage created from your left forearm on the opponent's right shoulder to aid in the stripping of the opponent's right arm from your head (opposing forces).
Result: The opponent's upper right torso and head should begin to be forced to bend forward (toward 12:00H) with the right arm extending (toward 3:00H), elbow up (toward 12:00V).

2b) Slide your left arm from the opponent's shoulder to the right triceps (sliding check) with a left step through, forward (toward 12:00H), into a left neutral bow (stabilize base) as you force the opponent's upper body down (toward 6:00V) and forward (toward 12:00H) with a left pressing forearm.
Result: The opponent's upper right torso and head should be furthered force down (toward 6:00V) and forward (toward 12:00H) with the right arm hyper-extended (toward 3:00H), elbow up (toward 12:00V).

3) Slide your left arm from the opponent's elbow to the right shoulder (toward 9:00H) with your elbow (toward 7:30V) across the opponent's back and your left hand across the opponent's right shoulder (toward 1:30H) (pressing check), palm down (toward 6:00V), as you shift forward (toward 10:30H) into a left wide kneel with a right vertical hammering thrust punch to the opponent's right mastoid (major).
Result: The opponent should collapse to the ground, face down (toward 6:00V).

4) Shift back (toward 6:00H) while raising into a left neutral bow (toward 10:30V), as you also raise your left arm to a vertical blocking position (toward 12:00V). Simultaneously, release the grab on the opponent's right wrist and retract your right hand to your left solar plexus (toward 4:30H) (positioned check), palm forward (toward 10:30V), while maintaining your other defenses (positioned check).