More Fun with Knives

Martial arts movie cliches apparently aren’t.  I could swear to you that the very concept of stopping someone from attacking you with a sword by locking it between your palms is a stupid, crazy, bad idea.  And it is – it’s a move of last resort.

But it also works.  It has to do entirely with leverage, one of the cornerstones of aikido.  It won’t stop you from moving or being pushed back, but it will stop your opponent from stabbing you or being able to pull the weapon back to take another swing.  And if you do it right, you can roll them and take the weapon away as well.

I’m loving Monday night classes.  They tend to be smaller, and Steve-sensei is amazingly fun to listen to and work with.  I got to work with every person in the group this time.  I made a point of asking everyone’s name, but I only remember with certainty one of them, a small and powerful asian man named CJ.  There was an average build Russian or eastern europoean man, and a hispanic boy, but I can’t remember their names.  I also confirmed that one of the Chris Collective  is actually Connor, so whew – less of them to differentiate.

The rhythm of them is something I’m coming to understand more.  We’ll start with a very basic move, then stack an extension on top of it, and then another variation on top of that until it builds into a full move.  As a complete beginner this is fantastic for me, because if I have a good partner (this time it was Tall Chris) I can drill fast and hard on the same simple move over and over for about 15, 20 minutes.

We also did a fun balance game to practice one of the standard blocks.  When your opponent attacks you in shoman – the overhand center forehead strike, it’s not shogun after all – you block as usual, then spin their arm with your arm and push down on their palm, locking them together with a slight turn so that the crease in your hand lines up with the crease of theirs.  You can hold them there for as long as you like.  Your partner’s job was to try and stand or up strike you, and he can’t do either if you’ve kept your balance and keep his arm pushed towards his center of balance.

Very simple, very elegant, very effective.  I LOVE it.

Steve-sensei spent the majority of his lesson on teaching us another knife disarm technique, and then showed us variations on it based on the length of the attacker’s weapon.  What works for a knife would take you out at the knees for a wakizashi length blade, for example.

The final knife disarm was another simple, elegant, easy and effective technique.  Step to their inside to avoid the blow, bring your inner hand up in a u-shape to control the wrist, bring your other hand down palm open and flat on the back of the blade.  Pop goes the knife.

The time just flew by, and at the end of the lesson I was officially one of the group – I got to help sweep the mats.  *chuckle* You know people consider you one of them when you share chores.

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Published in: on April 19, 2011 at 08:33  Comments (1)  

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  1. I love this, I love the elegance of the moves and the grace you talk about them with:) Nice:)


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