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Bow of Compulsion

 

The Attack: front wrist lock against his chest

Other Techniques in the same attack group: Twisted Twig, Captured Leaves, Entangled Wing, Wings of Silk

The Defense:

  1. As you step with the right foot to 12:00 into a right neutral bow, drop your right elbow downward into the solar plexus.
  2. Drop your weight down into a right wide kneeling stance as your right heelpalm tracks down his center line to the groin, and then follow with a right ridge hand to the groin, (*)
  3. Shift your weight forward into a right forward bow, as you deliver a right ascending outward back knuckle to the right temple, followed almost immediately with a left heelpalm to the right face
  4. As you shift back into a right neutral bow, do the following series of moves:
    • A left outward two finger hook to the eyes,
    • A right inward sandwiching elbow to the right jaw, continuing through to a right outward elbow to the chin,
    • A right outward heelpalm claw to the face, followed quickly by a left inward heelpalm claw to the face, and finally,
    • A right downward heelpalm claw to the face as you pull your right foot up in a right front scoop kick to the groin
  1. Replant the right foot forward to 12:00 into a right neutral bow as you deliver a right inward inverted heelpalm to the solar plexus

Observations:

  1. The real value of this technique is that the entire sequence of moves involves only a single step, which we do at the beginning of the technique. From that point on, although we shift stances, we never move our feet again until the final move (which also puts us back in the same 'footprint'). This is close-in fighting at its very best.


 

 


Calming the Storm

 

The Attack: right front roundhouse club

Other Techniques in the same attack group: Defying the Storm, Securing the Storm

The Defense:

  1. As you step with your right foot to 11:00 into a right neutral bow, do a left extended outward block with a simultaneous right vertical punch to face
  2. Shift your weight forward into a right forward bow as you do a right outward parry to his right arm with a left side fist (below your right parry) to the solar plexus
  3. As you shift back into a right neutral bow, do a right horizontal back knuckle (or forearm) to the right ribs, with a simultaneous left outward check to his right arm, (*)
  4. Still in your right neutral bow, as your left hand grabs his right wrist and twists counter-clockwise, deliver a right upward-outward strike to the elbow (from below), followed by a right outward back knuckle to the right ribs or right kidney,
  5. Step back with the right foot to 6:00 into a left neutral bow, deliver a right back knuckle to the mastoid as your left hand twists his right arm up high behind his back to pull him down.
  6. Do a left rear crossover to 3:00as you finish pulling him to 7:30 with a right downward back knuckle to the left ribs as he falls.
  7. Step with the left foot to 6:00 (to the left side of his head) into a left close kneel, as you deliver a right knee to the left elbow
  8. Step with the right foot in a right front crossover to 8:00 stomping the right side of his head.
  9. Pivot out into a right close kneel, dropping your left knee to the back of his neck.
  10. Hop off to 4:30 in a right crane stance, and cover out.

Observations:

  1. This is a technique that meets force with force on the initial move. If you catch him just right, this will end the whole fight, since he will be stepping with all of his weight into your punch just as you are stepping into your punch.


 

 


Captured Leaves

 

The Attack: right hand finger lock in his left hand, from your right side

Other Techniques in the same attack group: Twisted Twig, Bow of Compulsion, Entangled Wing, Wings of Silk

The Defense:

  1. As you step with the right foot to 10:30 into a right neutral bow, bring your right hand (palm up) up high to pull out, as you simultaneously do a left outward chop from underneath and outside of your right hand (Think of it as a wipe-off with your left hand below your right hand).
  2. Pivot counter-clockwise, into a left reverse bow, as you deliver a left outward horizontal back elbow to the left kidney (*)
  3. Pivot clockwise and step through with the right foot to 4:30 into a right reverse bow, delivering a right outward horizontal back elbow to the left ribs, while you also buckle his left knee.
  4. Do a left front crossover to 1:00, and then step through with the right foot to 3:00 into a right forward bow, buckling his right leg and drop him
  5. Do a left front crossover to 3:00, stomp with your left foot to the right knee and slide off to the outside
  6. Do a right rear crossover, step out with a right heel kick to the groin.
  7. Shuffle up to his right hip on your left foot, right slicing kick to the jaw

Observations:

  1. In moves 4 through 6, we have another example of the crossover-crossover-crossover pattern that we first saw in Orange Belt with Locking Horns, Grip Of Death, and Scraping Hoof.


 

 


Charging Ram

 

The Attack: front tackle

Other Techniques in the same attack group: Broken Ram, Intercepting the Ram

The Defense:

  1. Step with your left foot to 4:30 into a right neutral bow to 10:30 as you do a left outward parry to his left arm with a right downward chop to the neck.
  2. Do a right ball kick to the left ribs, followed quickly with a left kick to the jaw (*). Do the kicks as a chicken kick.
  3. Land in a left front crossover to 1:30, which should put you behind him and to his left. Twist counter-clockwise into a left front twist, as you deliver a right downward looping roundhouse kick to the back (or inside, depending on the exact angle) of his left knee
  4. Plant the right foot to 9:00 in a right front twist stance and pivot clockwise to deliver a left knife edge kick to the back of his right leg.
  5. Plant the left foot slightly to 3:00 landing in a left neutral bow to 6:00, to adjust your position. Deliver a right front scoop kick to the groin from behind, and then plant the right foot to 12:00.

Observations:

  1. Of the three Ram techniques, this would be the optimum solution. You avoid his initial attack, and all of your subsequent strikes are delivered from positions that he cannot easily defend against. A word of legal caution would be wise here - if there were not strong extenuating circumstances, using this technique in full on somebody could get you charged with Assault and Battery.
  2. GrandMaster Joe Palanzo and Larry Tatum have different interpretations of the actions in moves 3 through 5 of this technique. On his Video tapes, Master Tatum demonstrates the technique with the attacker still standing in these moves. When Master Palanzo does this technique, he assumes that the attacker is face down on the ground, as a result of the initial chop in Step 1. Both interpretations are realistic (which I would expect from their level of instruction) and both work equally well without changing any of your moves or any of your targets.


 

 


Circling Wing

 

The Attack: rear two hand choke, arms bent

Other Techniques in the same attack group: Twirling Wings, Cross of Destruction, Fallen Cross, Escape from Death

The Defense:

  1. As you step with the left foot to 1:30 into a tight left front twist stance, pin his right hand to your right shoulder with your left hand.
  2. Pivot clockwise into a left neutral bow to 7:30, as you bring your right arm overhead and downward, followed immediately with a left four finger poke to the eyes
  3. Pivot counter-clockwise into a horse stance as you deliver a right upward elbow to the chin.
  4. Continue to pivot counter-clockwise into a left reverse bow to 7:30 as you deliver a right downward hammerfist to the groin (*)
  5. Do a left front crossover to 7:30 into a left front twist as the right hand rolls up on his right arm to grab his right wrist
  6. Untwist clockwise into a left neutral bow to 7:30, as you do a left inward block to break the elbow
  7. Do a right knee to the ribs (or face), and then a left outward horizontal back knuckle to the face as you plant back to 1:30 in a left neutral bow
  8. Seize the right arm in both hands. At this point, your right hand should be holding the back of his right hand, and your left arm should be inside of his right arm, pinning his right arm against your stomach. Your left hand should he holding his right hand from underneath, with your palm facing up. (This should be done in one move along with the next, but I separated it out, due to the complexity of the hand positions).
  9. Step back in a left rear crossover to 12:00, untwist counter-clockwise into a right neutral bow to 6:00, as you whip and pull his arm through a tight circle.
  10. Still in the right neutral bow to 6:00, do a right inward horizontal elbow to the face followed by a right outward horizontal back knuckle to the temple, forcing him to extend his arm.
  11. As you right elbow anchors his right arm against your stomach, repeat the hand grip described in Step 8, with your hand positions reversed.
  12. Step back in a right rear crossover to 12:00, pivot clockwise into a right forward bow to 12:00, throwing him face-down to the ground. Without letting go of his right arm, left stomp to the right shoulder, and cover out.

Observations:

  1. The basic technique, which involves steps 1 through 4, is identical to the way the technique is performed in Short 3.
  2. Keep your left hand pinning his right hand in steps 1 and 2 until your right arm has circled over and down below the level of your shoulder. This will cause a very nasty wrist break, and render his right arm useless. Caution - please practice this move slowly and carefully. It's very effective, very easy to do, and very easy to misjudge your power when you are learning it.
  3. On steps 2 through 6 of this technique, one of your arms should be in constant contact with his right arm to maintain control and keep him in check.


 

 


Cross of Destruction

 

The Attack: rear two-hand choke

Other Techniques in the same attack group: Twirling Wings, Circling Wing, Fallen Cross, Escape from Death

The Defense:

  1. Step out with the left foot to 8:30 into a staggered horse stance, grab both of his wrists, and pull downward as you shift your weight up from the initial horse stance.
  2. Do a right rear crossover to 7:30 and pivot clockwise into a left neutral bow to 1:30 as you cross your arms, which puts his right arm below his left arm. Push with your right hand as you pull with your left hand, potentially breaking both of his arms.
  3. Deliver a right front kick to the right knee, and plant to 3:00 in a right neutral bow. (*)
  4. Do a left rear crossover to 6:00 as you do a right outward horizontal back knuckle to the left ribs.
  5. Do a right front crossover to 6:00 into a right reverse bow to 6:00 to buckle the left leg as you deliver a right upward and outward back knuckle to the right mastoid.
  6. Deliver a right roundhouse knee to the inside of his right knee, planting in a right front twist stance to 11:00. (He is now behind you). Do a right downward outward hammerfist to the left jaw, and then a right upward hooking kick to the groin.

Observations:

  1. This technique is really a sister technique with Fallen Cross. In Fallen Cross, you have the freedom to move away from your attacker on the second move. In this technique, there is some obstacle in front of you (such as a wall) the prevents you from stepping forward at the beginning of the technique.
  2. Once more, we see our crossover-crossover-crossover pattern in steps 3 through 5 of this technique. The difference here is that the initial crossover is done as a right front kick.


 

 


Crushing Hammer

 

The Attack: rear bear hug, arms pinned

Other Techniques in the same attack group: Captured Twigs, Squeezing the Peach, Crashing Wings, Spiraling Twig, Squatting Sacrifice

The Defense:

  1. Step with the left foot to 9:00 into a horse with a right downward hammerfist to the groin as the left hand checks his arms
  2. With the right foot, c-step behind his left leg to 4:30 into a left neutral bow as you do right heelpalm claw to the groin (without cocking back from the hammerfist in Step 1.
  3. Pivot clockwise into a right neutral bow to 4:30 as you deliver a right obscure upward elbow to the chin with a left heelpalm to the left ribs to drop him on his back at your right side. (*)
  4. Reach down and grab behind both ankles, put his right foot on top of his left, and twist to flip him over as you bring your own right foot clockwise to 12:00, ending in a left forward bow to 6:00
  5. With him face down, do a transitory right front crossover to 4:30 to stomp on his left knee. Slide your right foot off his knee as you plant the right foot to 4:30, and do a left side kick to the head
  6. Plant the left foot in his left armpit and drop into a left close kneel to drop your right knee on his left kidney
  7. Bounce up, and plant your right foot to the right of his head. As you land, drop into a right close kneel to drop your left knee to his neck
  8. Stand up and do a left downward rear kick to the right side of his head
  9. Leap to 7:30 on the right foot, and do a left side thrust to the right head

Observations:

  1. The basic technique here is the left-hand side of Crashing Wings.
  2. The flipping action in Step 4 of this technique is one of a series of techniques that includes Dance of Death, Thrusting Wedge, and Brushing the Storm. In this technique we are using the technique when he is behind us and face up. In Dance of Death and Thrusting Wedge, we are using essentially the same action when he is face up and in front of us. In Brushing the Storm, we use the action when he is face down and in front of us. As a question for the reader, how could you use this flipping action when he is face down and behind us? (After all, that body position is needed to complete the category, isn't it?)
  3. The stepping pattern of crossover-step out-kick is one that we use frequently in extensions of techniques where the man is already on the ground. You will see very similar series of steps in Dance of Death, Sleeper, Brushing the Storm, and other techniques.


 

 


Darting Mace

 

The Attack: for a front two hand wrist grab to your right hand

Other Techniques in the same attack group: Crossing Talon, Begging Hands, Crossed Twigs, Gripping Talon, Glancing Spear, Desperate Falcons

The Defense:

  1. As you step with the left foot to 1:00 into a left neutral bow, your right hand circles clockwise to counter-grab his right hand while you also do a left inward-downward diagonal block (just above his elbow) and then a left vertical side fist to the face (without cocking the fist back).
  2. Shift into a left forward bow as you bring your left hand downward on his arms while the right hand pulls out and punches the solar plexus from above his arms.
  3. As you right foot steps to 1:00 into a right cat stance, do a left outward chop to the throat, and then without pause step with the right foot to 12:00 into a right neutral bow to buckle his right leg with your right knee, while you also deliver a right heelpalm to the right jaw (*)
  4. Do a left front crossover to 1:00 into a left front twist, and unwind clockwise into a right neutral bow to 7:00 as you execute a right outward horizontal hammerfist to the right ribs with a left inward heel palm claw to the right face
  5. Pivot counter-clockwise back into a left front twist as you deliver a right overhead downward punch to the face, which becomes a right inward elbow to the left face.
  6. Unwind clockwise into a left neutral bow: left uppercut to the chin, left-right chicken kick to the groin and solar plexus

Observations:

  1. The initial Step on this technique is one of the prime (and certainly one of the earliest) examples a student receives in Compounding your movements - one action, two (or more) strikes.


 

 

Evading the Storm

 

The Attack: right front overhead club, where you want to (and can safely) move to 10:30.

Other Techniques in the same attack group: Checking the Storm, Obstructing the Storm, Capturing The Storm

The Defense:

  1. Step with the left foot to 10:30 into a left forward bow as you do an optional left inward parry followed by a right extended outward block and right grab of his arm, followed by a right roundhouse kick to the groin
  2. Plant the right foot to 1:30 in a right neutral bow, as the right hand pulls his arm downward and outward. Shift into a right forward bow as you deliver a left punch to his ribs (*)
  3. Do a left knee to his right thigh, and plant the left foot back to 6:00 in a left neutral bow
  4. Do a right downward looping roundhouse kick to the inner right thigh
  5. Plant the right foot to 1:30, and do a left side kick to the inside of his left knee
  6. Plant the left foot to 1:00 and pivot clockwise slightly into a left neutral bow as you deliver a left vertical forearm to his right elbow (as in Crossing Talon)
  7. Continuing the motion from the prior step, step with the left foot clockwise to 6:00 into a left neutral bow to 6:00, bringing him around with you. As your left hand grabs his right wrist from above, your right hand regrabs his right wrist with your right hand palm up, as in Spiraling Twigs.
  8. Step straight back to 6:00 with your right foot , then bring your left foot counter-clockwise to 6:00, into a right neutral bow, as you twist his wrist and flip him on his back. Keep your elbows anchored as you turn. Finish with a right downward looping roundhouse kick to the face

Observations:

  1. The techniques in this attack group form another in-out-up-down family. In this technique, we are primarily working on the outside of his attacking arm. In Obstructing the Storm, we are primarily working above his arm (to disarm). In Capturing the Storm, we disarm from below his original attack, and finally, in Checking the Storm, we are operating inside his initial swing.
  2. Note that the base technique is simply Attacking Mace done against a club.

 

Flight to Freedom

 

The Attack: hammerlock

Other Techniques in the same attack group: Locked Wing

The Defense:

  1. As you step back with the left foot to 5:00 into a right neutral bow to 12:00, countergrab his right hand with your right hand and deliver a left outward elbow to the face (which is blocked)
  2. Responding to his block of your elbow, step with the left foot to 12:00 into a right reverse cat stance and deliver a right rear heel kick to the ribs
  3. Plant the right foot to 7:00, pivot clockwise to 7:00 into a right front twist stance, as you do a left inward downward heelpalm to his right elbow. Follow the heelpalm with a left ball kick to his outer left knee (*)
  4. Plant the left foot to 12:00 in a left front twist. Unwind clockwise into a right neutral bow to 6:00 as you deliver a right back knuckle to the left kidney, followed very quickly left knee to the stomach.
  5. Plant the left foot to 6:00 and immediately deliver a right knee to the stomach that becomes a right side thrust to the inner right knee.

Observations:

  1. This is a "what-if" variation of Locked Wing.


 

 

Gift in Return

 

The Attack: handshake, where is pulling you down and towards him.

Other Techniques in the same attack group: Gift of Destruction, Gift of Destiny, Broken Gift

The Defense:

  1. Step with the left foot to 11:00 into a left neutral bow which checks his right leg as you move the hands into his groin. Bring your left hand behind his leg and regrab his right hand in your left.
  2. Step clockwise with your right foot to 10:00, so you are behind him in a left neutral bow to 4:00. As you pull with your left hand to bend him over, push the right hand on his hip to prevent a right rear kick. (*)
  3. Do a right knife edge kick to the rear of his left knee and plant to 2:00.
  4. Follow this immediately with a left knee kick to the coccyx (tail bone) that becomes a left side kick to the rear of his right knee, dropping him to his right knee
  5. Plant the left foot in a left front twist stance to 10:00. Unwind clockwise into a left reverse bow stance (he is now behind you, with his back to you) and deliver a right spinning heel kick to the groin (from his rear).
  6. Do a right front crossover to 10:00, into a right front twist as you do a right back knuckle to the left kidney
  7. Without pause, unwind counter-clockwise as the left foot goes to 10:00 into a left neutral bow (you are now facing him), while you do a left back knuckle to the right kidney followed without pause by a right inward hammerfist to the right kidney, as the left foot goes to 10:00

 

Hooking Wings

 

The Attack: for a low two-hand push

Other Techniques in the same attack group: Alternating Maces, Parting Wings, Thrusting Wedge, Snaking Talon, Twist of Fate, Blinding Sacrifice, Fatal Cross

The Defense:

  1. Step back with the left foot to 6:00 into a right neutral bow, hooking the wrists, and deliver a right front kick to the groin
  2. Plant the right foot to 12:00, into a right neutral bow: delivering a right inward downward hammerfist to the left jaw (as you are planting from the kick), a right back knuckle to the right jaw (using a figure 8 from the prior strike), a right upward elbow to the chin (*)
  3. Adjust the left foot slightly to 3:00 as you do a right downward heelpalm claw to the face.
  4. Pivot counter-clockwise to deliver a right side kick to the left knee. He is now behind you.
  5. Plant the right foot to 6:00, still in a left forward bow to 6:00. As soon as you plant, bounce the right foot into a right outward heel hook to the right kidney
  6. Plant the right foot in the same place, and then deliver a right stiff leg sweep to the groin with a right rear stiff arm to the face.


 

 

Leaping Crane

 

The Attack: right step-through punch

Other Techniques in the same attack group: Attacking Mace, Dance of Death, Thundering Hammers, Sleeper, Flashing Wings, Shield & Mace, Flashing Mace, Gathering Clouds, Circling The Horizon, Circles of Protection, Taming the Mace, Leap of Death, Circling Windmills, Destructive Kneel

The Defense:

  1. Hop onto the left foot to 9:00 in a left crane stance as you do a left inward parry with a right inward knuckle rake to the right ribs, followed by a right knife edge kick to the rear (or outside, if the angle is wrong) of his right knee.
  2. Plant the right foot to 1:30 in a right forward bow as you deliver a right outward back knuckle to the left mastoid, followed by a right inward sandwiching elbow to the head (*)
  3. Shift back into a right neutral bow as your right arm rolls around the back of his head to deliver a right upward claw to the left face, a right scoop kick to the groin, and a left front kick to the spine. The kicks can be done as chicken kicks, if desired.
  4. Land in a left front crossover on his right ankle.
  5. Hop to 4:30 on the right foot, and deliver a left heel kick to his chin
  6. Plant the left foot beside the right foot and deliver a right spinning rear kick to his hip

Observations:

  1. This is an ideal technique in a situation where the floor might be uneven, or where there might be low-lying obstacles on the floor between your attacker and yourself. It also gives you an entire set of actions that can be performed from behind an attacker.


 

 

Obstructing the Storm

 

The Attack: right overhead club

Other Techniques in the same attack group: Checking the Storm, Evading The Storm, Capturing The Storm

The Defense:

  1. Step with the left foot to 11:00 into a horse stance to 1:00 as we do an x-block with the right hand on top
  2. Without pause, shift your left foot to 2:00 into a left neutral bow as you guide the club strike downward. As your right hand grabs his right wrist, roll your left arm under and over his right arm into a left forearm bar.
  3. Do a right knee to the face, planting back to 6:00. (*)
  4. Slide you right hand down the length of the club, pulling it out of his grip, and do a right upward strike to the chin.
  5. Step back with the left foot to 7:00 in a right neutral bow to 12:00 as you deliver a right downward strike to the back of his right elbow
  6. Do a right front crossover to 10:30 into a right front twist to 3:00 as you do a right inward strike to the front of the right knee
  7. Step out with the left foot to 11:00 pivoting clockwise slightly into a left neutral bow as you do a right outward strike to the back of the right knee,
  8. Step with the right foot to 1:00 into a right front twist stance as you deliver a right upward strike to the groin from behind him.
  9. Step out with the left foot to 12:00 into a left neutral bow as you deliver a right downward strike to the back of the head

 

Observations:

  1. In this in-out-up-down family of techniques, this is the "up" technique, in the sense that after the initial misdirection of the strike, we deal with out opponent from above the weapon.
  2. As always at higher levels, but particularly so in this technique, the striking action after the disarm should be a continuous motion. This is done through a series of figure-8s.


 

 

Parting Wings

 

The Attack: front two hand push, with the attacker's hands coming in high. You also need to have one step's worth of clearance behind you for the 'ideal' situation.

Other Techniques in the same attack group: Alternating Maces, Hooking Wings, Thrusting Wedge, Snaking Talon, Twist of Fate, Blinding Sacrifice, Fatal Cross

The Defense:

  1. Step back with the right foot to 6:00 into a left neutral bow to 12:00, as you do double outward chops.
  2. Shift into a left forward bow while you deliver a right punching-chop to the left pectoral muscle, as the left hand inward hooks the eyes.
  3. Shift back into a left neutral bow as you do a left outward chop to the left neck while your right hand squeezes the pectoral muscle before ripping back.
  4. Shift back into a left forward bow as your left hand pushes down on his left arm and your right middle knuckle strikes to the solar plexus, above your left arm (*).
  5. Shifting back slightly into a left neutral bow deliver a right inward hook to the eyes with a left kick to the groin, followed by a left outward chop to the throat with a right kick to the face)
  6. Plant the right foot forward to 12:00 in a right neutral bow, delivering a right inward downward back knuckle to the left face as you descend from the kick.
  7. Do a left rear crossover to 12:00 (to advance) or a right front crossover to 6:00 (to withdraw), ending either in a right front twist as you deliver a right lifting forearm strike under his chin
  8. Pivot counter-clockwise into a left neutral bow as you deliver a left outward back knuckle strike to his left temple, followed by a right instep kick to the groin.
  9. Plant the right foot forward in a right forward bow with a right uppercut to the chin.

Observations:

  1. This technique offers a ready alternative to Thrusting Wedge when you have the opportunity to step back.
  2. This technique is part of a family of three techniques: Leap of Death, Parting Wings, and Shield and Sword. All three techniques use the same motions: Leap of Death applies them on the outside of his right arm, Parting Wings applies them between his arms, and Shield and Sword applies them on the outside of his left arm.
  3. Step Seven in this technique offers you an environmental option. If he responds to the strike in Step Six by falling backward away from you, use a left rear crossover to advance into him. If he strikes an obstacle and rebounds back into you.


 

 

Shield and Sword

 

The Attack: for a left punch

Other Techniques in the same attack group: - Sword of Destruction, Shielding Hammer, Reversing Mace, Circling Destruction, Twirling Hammers

The Defense:

  1. Step with the right foot to 1:30 into a right neutral bow, as both hands do extended outward blocks.
  2. Pivot counter-clockwise into a horse as you deliver a right inward chop to the left neck.
  3. Pivot clockwise into a right forward bow, as you deliver a left inward elbow to the left ribs
  4. Shift your left foot to 4:30 into a right front twist, as your left hand hooks the eye and your right hand simultaneously delivers a hammerfist to the left kidney.
  5. Use the power of the hammerfist strike to initiate an unwind from the twist, while delivering a downward looping right roundhouse kick to the right kidney, or the back of his left knee for those who are less flexible. (*)
  6. Plant the right foot to 11:00 in a right neutral bow, and shuffle forward to 11:00 to deliver a right knife edge kick to the inside of the right knee, followed by a left scoop kick to the groin, and finally a right knife edge kick to the back (planting the legs and adjusting your position as necessary)
  7. Do a right front crossover to 1:00, pivot counter-clockwise, and then deliver a left spinning rear kick to the groin or coccyx.

Observations:

  1. As noted in the prior technique, this technique is part of a family of three techniques: Leap of Death, Parting Wings, and Shield and Sword. All three techniques use the same motions: Leap of Death applies them on the outside of his right arm, Parting Wings applies them between his arms, and Shield and Sword applies them on the outside of his left arm.
  2. The basic part of this technique is also Twirling Hammers, without the initial front crossover step.


 

 

Sleeper

 

The Attack: right step through punch, where his left hand is either down or no higher than his waist.

Other Techniques in the same attack group: Attacking Mace, Dance of Death, Leaping Crane, Thundering Hammers, Flashing Wings, Shield & Mace, Flashing Mace, Gathering Clouds, Circling The Horizon, Circles of Protection, Taming the Mace, Leap of Death, Circling Windmills, Destructive Kneel

The Defense:

  1. Step with the left foot to 11:00 into a left neutral bow with a left inward block
  2. Shift into a left forward bow as you do a rising right ridge hand to the throat (be careful not to roundhouse your ridge hand).
  3. Without pause, have your right foot c-steps behind him to 12:00 into a horse stance. Have your left hand grab your right hand, and choke him out until he either passes out or starts to go limp.
  4. Pivot counter-clockwise to 10:00 as you also shift your left foot slightly to 4:30, throwing him.
  5. Drop into a left close kneel to 4:30 as you deliver a right punch to the face (*). Your right hand grabs either the right shoulder (or his belt) and flips him onto his belly (pull his right hand around his head, if needed)
  6. Pivot clockwise to 10:30 into a right close kneel, dropping your left knee to the left kidney
  7. Stand up and pivot counter-clockwise to 6:00 to deliver a right downward looping roundhouse kick to the groin.
  8. Plant the right foot on the ground but above his left hip, and drop into a left close kneel to 4:30 dropping your right knee to the left kidney as you also deliver a right heelpalm to the head
  9. Spring up and spin clockwise with a right sweeping heel kick to the mastoid

Observations:

  1. As mentioned earlier in Orange Belt, this technique is part of a three-technique family made up of Dance of Death, Thundering Hammers, and Sleeper.
  2. This technique is also a nice fail-safe if your attacker is high on drugs and not responding to defensive strikes in other techniques. Since this technique causes him to pass out by cutting off the blood flow to the brain, it will work regardless of how much drugs he has in his system.
  3. As you come in on this move, dip your weight slightly and then come up so your right shoulder wedges his right arm straight up. This will prevent him from elbowing you in the back of your head.


 

 

Snapping Twig

 

The Attack: left hand push to the chest

Other Techniques in the same attack group: Triggered Salute, Glancing Salute, Repeating Mace, Obscure Sword

The Defense:

  1. Step back with the left foot to 6:00 into a right neutral bow as you deliver a right heelpalm to the left elbow with a left heelpalm to the inner left wrist.
  2. Shift into a right forward bow as you deliver a downward right crane hook to his arm with a simultaneous left thrusting chop to the throat, followed by a right inward knuckle rake to the left side of his nose, which becomes a right inward downward sandwiching elbow to the head (*)
  3. Do a left front crossover to 12:00 into a left front twist stance with a right hammerfist to the groin and a left heelpalm cover
  4. Unwind clockwise into a left neutral bow delivering a left heelpalm to the chin as the right hand circles up to a chopping punch to the left ribs followed by a left outward back knuckle to the left head with a right side kick to the right inner knee
  5. Plant the right foot to 12:00 in a right neutral bow, as you deliver a right outward back knuckle to the face


 

 

Spiraling Twig

 

The Attack: rear bear hug, arms free

Other Techniques in the same attack group: Captured Twigs, Crushing Hammer, Squeezing the Peach, Crashing Wings, Squatting Sacrifice

The Defense:

  1. Step with the right foot to 3:00 into a horse stance as you grab his right hand in both of your hands. When you do the grab, your palms should both be facing up, and your thumbs should be pressing against the middle of the back of his hand.
  2. Quickly step with the left foot to 2:00 and with the right foot to 2:00. Pivot clockwise into a left neutral bow to 8:00 and do a right ball kick to the ribs
  3. Plant the right foot to 9:00 in a right neutral bow, delivering a right upward back knuckle to the face (*)
  4. Step with a left rear crossover to 9:00 into a left rear twist as your right hand circles inward and downward to deliver a right outward raking hammerfist to the right face
  5. Unwind counter-clockwise into a left neutral bow to 12:00. He is now behind you. As you unwind, deliver a right inward horizontal elbow to the face, and after achieving your stance deliver a right upward heel hook to the face, and finally a right rear kick to the bladder.
  6. Plant the right foot beside the left foot, and deliver a left spinning rear kick to any opening

Observations:

  1. The hand grip used in Step One of this technique is also used in the extensions of Crossing Talon and Circling Wing.


 

 

Squeezing the Peach

 

The Attack: rear bear hug, arms pinned

Other Techniques in the same attack group: Captured Twigs, Crushing Hammer, Crashing Wings, Spiraling Twig, Squatting Sacrifice

The Defense:

  1. Step back with the left foot to 5:00 into a right neutral bow as your left hand grabs his groin.
  2. Step forward with the left foot to 12:00 into a left neutral bow and immediately do a right rear heel scoop to the groin
  3. Plant the right foot to 7:30 in a left forward bow to 1:30, buckling his left leg as you also deliver a right obscure elbow to the jaw (*). For maximum power, your elbow strike should land before your have placed your right foot down.
  4. Without moving, deliver a right downward hammerfist to the groin, and then hook his neck with your right under his neck and your left above it, pull his head down into your right knee, and finally deliver a right knife edge kick to inside of his right knee
  5. Plant the right foot to 1:30 in a right front twist as you deliver a right lifting forearm to chin, followed by a right outward back knuckle to the solar plexus, and finally a right rear kick to stomach
  6. As you plant your right foot to 7:30, jump and twist clockwise to deliver a left inward crescent kick to the right face.

Observations:

  1. In his presentation of this technique on his Video Tapes, Grandmaster Larry Tatum explains that this technique could be used in a two-man situation. The first attacker has grabbed you in a rear bear-hug, and the second attacker is going to punch you from 12:00. Steps One and Two of this technique bring the first attacker around in front of you to act as a shield against the second attacker.


 

 

Swinging Pendulum

 

The Attack: right roundhouse kick, from a right neutral bow

Other Techniques in the same attack group: Deflecting Hammer, Intellectual Departure, Thrusting Salute, Buckling Branch, Hugging Pendulum, Retreating Pendulum, Detour from Doom, Circle of Doom, Rotating Destruction, Deceptive Panther, Defensive Cross, Bowing to Buddha

The Defense:

  1. Shift the left foot to 4:30 into a right neutral bow as you execute a right inward block with a left downward block (done as a universal block).
  2. Shuffle forward to 10:30 as your hands shift into a right downward hammerfist to the groin with a left outward parry
  3. As you shift your left foot to 1:30 into a right neutral bow to 7:30, deliver a right upward vertical elbow to the jaw (*)
  4. Quickly step with the left foot to the center, and then with your right foot to 12:00 ending in a right reverse bow to 6:00, buckling his left leg while you also deliver a right lifting forearm to the jaw
  5. Do an In- Place stance switch, as you do a right heel scoop to the groin and then step with your left foot to 10:30, ending in a left reverse bow to 4:30 to buckle his right leg
  6. Pivot counter-clockwise into a left neutral bow to 10:30 as you deliver a left outward chop to the sternum. Shift into a left forward bow as you deliver a right heelpalm to the left jaw, which slides behind his head to grab his neck, allowing you to pull the neck down and deliver a right knee to the groin
  7. Plant back to 6:00 into a left neutral bow to 12:00 as you deliver a left lifting forearm under the jaw.
  8. Initiate your cover out by doing a left front crossover to 4:30 as you also deliver a right inward hook to the eyes followed by a left outward chop to the neck

Observations:

  1. The arm movements in Steps One and Two of this technique are very similar to the sequences done to 12:00 and 6:00 in the first half of Long 2.
  2. The final hand motion (in Step Eight) of this technique also notably appears in Dance of Darkness and Falcons of Force, and also in the extensions of Five Swords and Parting Wings. It also appears in the details of Thundering Hammers, where it is done on a vertical plane.


 

 

Thundering Hammers

 

The Attack: right step through punch

Other Techniques in the same attack group: Attacking Mace, Dance of Death, Leaping Crane, Sleeper, Flashing Wings, Shield & Mace, Flashing Mace, Gathering Clouds, Circling The Horizon, Circles of Protection, Taming the Mace, Leap of Death, Circling Windmills, Destructive Kneel

The Defense:

  1. Step with the left foot to 10:30into a left neutral bow as you deliver left inward block.
  2. Shift into a left wide kneel as you deliver a right inward vertical forearm to the stomach and/or bladder, doubling him over.
  3. Pivot clockwise into a right wide kneel to 4:30, delivering a left downward hammerfist to the right kidney as the right hand checks his right arm
  4. Pivot counter-clockwise into a left close kneel, delivering a right hammerfist to the back of the neck as the left hand checks the arm (*)
  5. Pull your left foot back to 6:00 into a right cat stance as you execute a right outward and downward back knuckle to the right temple, and a right upward hook to the right eye along with a left downward heelpalm to the face
  6. Shift your weight onto your left leg and step with the right foot to 1:30 as you deliver a right downward heelpalm to the face
  7. Have your right hand grab the left face as the left hand checks the right shoulder, and shift your left foot slightly to 6:00 into a right forward bow to 12:00. The push-pull action of your hands will flip him onto your right knee
  8. Deliver a right inward downward hammer to the heart that scrapes along his chest to become a right rake across the face, as you simultaneously deliver a left knee to the base of the skull
  9. Plant the left foot back to 6:00 in a right neutral bow so he falls flat on his back.
  10. Do a right downward looping roundhouse kick to the groin, and then as he starts to rise up in response, drop into a right knee to the solar plexus with a right punch to the face
  11. Have your right foot scrape his face as you cover out.

Observations:

  1. As noted earlier with both Dance of Death and Sleeper, those two techniques form a specific family with Thundering Hammers. Dance of Death would be used for a very low punch. Thundering Hammers would be utilized for a boxing-style situation, where the punch is not 'below the belt' and his backup hand is held high (which would eliminate Sleeper as an option). Sleeper would be used where the punch is high but when his left hand is not held high.
  2. One major problem with this technique that the typical student has when they are first learning this is that they fail to properly check the right shoulder with the left hand in Steps Four and Five. If you fail to do this in real-life, your opponent will have easy access to your groin as a target. To execute the check properly, your left hand needs to be thumb-down, and on top of the shoulder muscle. This will prevent your attacker from raising his right arm.
  3. The actions in Steps Five and Six of this technique are meant to be done as a single flowing set of motions.


 

 

Twin Kimono

 

The Attack: two hand lapel grab, with your attacker pushing you backward

Other Techniques in the same attack group: Mace of Aggression, Raking Mace, Menacing Twirl

The Defense:

  1. Step back (deeply) with the left foot to 6:00 into a right neutral bow, as the left hand inward hooks the right eye and then pins his arms to your chest, while the right arm does an upward forearm to the bottom of his elbows
  2. Shift the left foot to 4:30 into a right neutral bow to 10:30 as you deliver right outward horizontal back knuckle to the solar plexus, followed by a right inward downward strike to clear the arms with a right outward chop to the throat (*)
  3. Do a left front crossover to 12:00 into a left front twist as you do a left heelpalm to the jaw with a right heelpalm to chest
  4. Come out of the twist stance with a right knee to right inner thigh, which then becomes a right stomp to his right foot while you also deliver a right lifting forearm to the jaw
  5. Plant the right foot back to 3:00 and then do a left front crossover to 12:00 into a left front twist, stomping on the left foot as you deliver a left inward heelpalm to the face
  6. Unpivot clockwise, he is now behind you, and you are in a left forward bow to 3:00. Do a right stiff leg raise to the stomach with a right outward claw to the face, and cover out.


 

 

Twirling Wings

 

The Attack: rear stiff two hand choke

Other Techniques in the same attack group: Circling Wing, Cross of Destruction, Fallen Cross, Escape from Death

The Defense:

  1. Step back with the left foot (between his legs) to 5:00, covering his left hand with your right hand. Pivot counter-clockwise, left forward bow to 6:00as you do a left outward block above his left elbow with a right inward horizontal elbow to the left armpit
  2. Pivot clockwise into a horse stance facing 9:00 as your elbows roll through a figure-8 to deliver a left inward horizontal elbow to the left pectoral muscle while right hand check his left arm (*)
  3. Do a right rear crossover to 4:30 and then step with the left foot to 4:30, ending in a left rear bow to 10:30 as you buckle his right leg.
  4. Do a left knee (to 10:30) to the inside of his left knee, and plant your left foot beside your right foot.
  5. Pivot clockwise while delivering a right spinning rear stiff leg to the groin.
  6. Initiate your cover out with a right front crossover to 10:30 while also doing a right back knuckle to the head

Observations:

  1. In learning this technique, many students make their initial step to 4:00, or even 3:30. This is especially true if they have learned the Tracy technique, "Dancer" which is a (very effective) response to a rear two-hand choke. This puts then out of position when they pivot, and they lose the leg attacks in the rest of this technique.
  2. If you maintain your right hand from Step 1 in the cover position on his left until your left outward block makes contact with his arm, you can get a very effective elbow break in the beginning of this technique.

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