We worked on two techniques, the back lever throw, and the queue sweep. You can take a look at our efforts in this video [video]. There are several things worth noting. Firstly, as demonstrated in the first segment, it is critical to push on your opponents shoulder, to get it to rotate. It is this rotation that llows you to throw your opponent. It is also just as critical to keep you queue on line with you opponents face, otherwise they can simply raise their axe and push you away, as you can see me doing to Patchy in the third sequence. It is also worth noting the our technique is, again, poor. We are both stepping far too much on the second step to place our foot behind our opponents.
In the second part of the video, you can see DarkKnite and I working on the queue sweep again, only this time, I'm not stepping to much. I was rather pleased to see myself actually managing that. Throughout the video, you can also see how little I step when making a tour de bras. This was also good to see, as it was something I was working on. It it truly surprising to someone who hasn't done it before how powerful a relaxed strike can be.
The final thing worth noting is that it is again critical to make sure that in executing a queue sweep, your queue does not sweep too far [video] beyond your opponent. It should pretty much come to rest where it strikes, in between you both. A short sharp knock is all that is needed to deflect the incoming blow.
We also shot some footage trying to illustrate the geometric "trick" I mentioned previously. I don't think we've really done it justice, and on review I don't think my stepping is quite right, but it may serve to illustrate the point. The first critique that should be made is that in the first sequence, I am not correcting my left foot. It should be rotating to bring my left shoudler out of range, and allow me to extend my arm further. You can see me eventually get it right(ish) later on in the video.
I also got hold of the USB cable for Bnonn's camera, so have some footage of Tuesday's training. We covered true time strikes, and did some slow work with them, as described below as the "arthritic man" [video]. We also, as mentioned below, covered some little kampfringen [video] that I could remember from last years conference.
Two extras on the end of this post:
- I will be moving to Auckland shortly, having gotten a new job at Fisher and Paykel, designing mouth/nose interfaces for humidifiers. I will thus be moving from HSEMA to ASEMA, where I will continue my studies and instruction of Le Jeu de la hache, and gaining the benefit of the tutelage of Colin, which I intend to improve my footwork and sense of timing.
- It is early stages yet, I know, but I would like to know how large my audience is. If you're reading this blog regularly or semi regularly, please leave a comment to this post, if only to say "hi". Thanks