Outside Defenses vs Straight Strikes

Technique Review 

This week’s technique review is about the outside defenses, against straight strikes. We have as the basics, the way Imi was directing us and teaching …

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Hi guys, this week’s technique review is about the outside defenses, against straight strikes. So, we have as the basics, the way Imi was directing us and teaching, three outside defenses that are going sideways and one that is going upwards and then also, not only sideways, but also with stabbing actions. It’s very important to understand, sometimes it’s missing with the guys would the difference between number one, two and three and four.

So, first of all, let’s work a little bit, okay, second strike left or right with the small steps forward, so go back, yes, and we’ll do without any finishing mode that’s the basic, please.

Okay so, slowly. Let’s switch sides. Recall your strike.

Okay, you’ve seen practically two options. One, you have seen the outside defense in place. There was closest to your body defense and also you’ve seen with body motion.

So would you do one defense, yes? Okay, so here you can see the angle. So, from the passive stance practically we’re starting from passive stance, hands closed about 45 degrees towards the attacker, which means if I will retreat from here, and he’s striking, but don’t touch, okay. Here, left will be caught, will be deflected, right, also will be deflected. It doesn’t really matter if I’m in this position, whether he’s attacking left or right, the front hand, the hand that is close to him will be defending.

Now, about the differences between Defense Number One, Two and Three. So, we say Number One thumb out. You see that the hand is on my pelvis area is going diagonally forward to make the defense. So, I’m not defending here, I’m defending diagonally forward. At the same time, I send the other hand to strike the target. So, practically you can see simultaneous if one is pulling the other, it’s practically defend and called attack simultaneously.

As you see as before, the body doesn’t really move much. It’s only 100% and you’re relying on the hand defense. That’s the basic, that’s we start with.

Now, I was doing Defense Number One. It is the earliest one. Not the strongest, definitely the earliest. Why is it the earliest? Let’s switch sides again? Because the moment I’m doing the technique, and I already deflected him, my elbow is relatively low. If I want to do the same thing with a pinky side, the chop with the bone side here, look which direction is moving. I have to raise the elbow more, raise the arm more until I’m able to do.

So again, this is Number One. If I want to do with the pinky side, that’s direction. If I raise more, that’s direction. Now yes, now I’m doing the Defense Number Three with the boney pinky side, yes? So, when I’m doing this technique Number Three, I’m stronger for sure. Why stronger? You take the triceps here. Here, it’s very choppy, very early and stops here like there’s almost like a lock on the shoulder. Give me your hand? It’s like when you’re making the defense, it’s like a lock on the shoulder. See what happens.

So, face them. So, here in this situation, that’s Number One. This is the end of the action. If I do bit more, starts to be problematic for your shoulder. This one can make much stronger and bigger motion.

So, Number One is the earliest. Elbow is still relatively low. Number Three is the strongest, but has to, you have to bring the arm, and the elbow higher to make it efficient. Number Two is something in between. It’s very good to do Number 2 against boney parts against metal, against hard objects. So, we’re doing this step of defense against threats or for long weapon, defending high kicks when there’s boney parts towards the arm. Then, we prefer to deal with it with a fleshy part of the arm. So, this is the differences between One, Two and Three.

If we want to be stronger here and to have, to gain, to get some sort of power drill that will enhance our abilities here, meaning, strong in the impact being able to deflect, defend strong attack, would you be in this position, please?

So, this is the position. Shift your weight a little bit, great. Lift the back heel exactly. Now, this is the position. In this position, I put some weight on him so he will resist. So, what am I doing practically? I’m putting a hand on his fist resisting a hand that is pressing his defense. So, practically, let’s turn a little bit there to see a little better, I am from this direction from the front, I’m resisting to him and also from the side I’m resisting to him. This is the ideal for me. Relax and press and relax and press and relax.

So, I’m pressing him where he should make the defense contact and where the contact will leave with the fist. That’s the situation. I’m pressing him and relaxing. Pressing and relaxing. What happens he’s getting stronger in the position that he will have the reaction meaning the impact that is hitting will find resistance.

So, there was a resistance for the arm of the defense outward and the resistance for the face like we’ve been doing previously with striking. Resistance to the strike to develop the power, the strength in the time that you are penetrating into the target for the strike or the time that you are resisting and deflecting the strike that is going towards you. Thank you.

Now, if we talk about Number Four. Number Four is going diagonally upwards. So, you can stay like this. That is the natural response. We’re converting this step of natural response to Defense Number Four. There is a slight of a body motion going down. Many times you see people go too low, too much like this. That is uncomfortable. It is so natural to move like that. This is much more natural so, that’s usually the idea of moving if you want to move a little bit backwards, downwards, sorry. If you want to use some sort of body defense that’s the one that we are talking about. This one and the same goes with Number Four because of the stance. Whether he is striking me left or right in both cases, I can do the technique with the left, one time?

So, we are talking about the defense which is going upwards, very, very natural. If we are late, please? If I’m late, this will be natural. If I lean backwards, I lean on my back leg, the front leg can do the counter attack. That’s really the idea about Defense Number Four.

So, you have seen One, Two and Three when the body was more or less in the same place, there was no body defense. Now we can enhance the body defense. I remind you something. When he’s striking me and do inside defense, this one. Usually what am I doing, what type? This one, for example. One more time or that one? What are we doing? We’re doing inside defense, the active defense with the hand and the dynamic defense, the body defense that target moves, slowly, the target moves.

When we do the outside defense, so I’m sending, please? I’m sending the strike towards the outside. What should I do with the body? Where should my head go? Should my head go to this direction? It’s the opposite. I should go to the opposite direction. I should go to the direction where the opposite where I’m sending his hand to.

So, when he strikes me going, please one more time? From here, look where I should be going. So, when I’m sending him to the left, my head should be going to the right. So, please? I’m going to here. If I’m doing against the left strike, it’s very efficient.

Yes, look again. You saw how moving away. So, what happens here? Look at the body motion. The body motion I moved the body, I moved the head out of line and I need to continue. So, how to continue is partly a little bit of pivoting of the feet and stepping with the back leg so the front leg is practically the hinge, the pivoting point is the front leg. When you continue, of course, you continue circling around the enemy. But the basic is, one more time, let’s go against the right slowly. See how I moved to the outside of mine?

Now, it can be when striking to the right, you are practically moving in the direction of the left, yes? That’s what happens. So, if you do good strike, excellent! If you feel that he’s threatening you with this hand, with the left hand. If it’s being threatened, okay, don’t strike with your right. Deal with the right. Deal with this hand. So, slowly you saw how I’m dealing also with this second hand as early as I can.

So, and then I will attack, one more time? And then I will attack. So again, the base, the beginning is this. After that, that. That’s the basics. All the rest, some sort of variation. And definite you can do the same with against the left hand, against the right hand. You can do the same against using the Number One, Number Two and Number Three.

So thumb out, back of hand out or pinky out. Thank you so much.



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