I. Rapid Review: A demonstration of all eighteen self-defense techniques that are explained in detail on the DVD. This is the portion we use for our sample clip.
II. Self-Defense Techniques: Each technique sequence explained in step by step detail. Below summarizes the techniques taught and additional concepts emphasized.
1. Wings of Entanglement (Full Nelson).
How did you end up here? Timing critical vs. non-critical response. Non-resistance concept. Becoming the fulcrum point. Contour concept. Using the ground as a weapon.
2. Slicing the Peach (Front Headlock).
Protecting the airway. Immediacy of pain as a counter. Pinning check to cancel opponent's kicking options. Amplification concept. Opposing forces concept.
3. Clearing Kimono (L. Lapel Grab).
Purpose and real threat from a simple lapel grab. Diagonal path to affect height, width, and depth. Leading a target into your weapon. Preemptive timing concept.
4. Flanking Talon (Wrist Grab from Flank)
Destroy the base to limit the weapons. Footwork options to alter timing.
5. Wings of Devastation (Front Two Hand Choke)
Leveraging against the weakness of a grip. Pain controls position. Five Animal Controlling Order explanation. How controlling position of opponent through strikes we control timing.
6. Revolving Hammer (L. Rear Grab on R. Shoulder).
Why not to step back into unknown if possible. If forced to step back how to limit exposure while offering counter attack. Repeating actions allow us increase chances of bringing opponent to predictable point of reference.
7. Disabling the Bear (Front Bear Hug -- Arms Pinned).
Vital snake controlling the constrictor snake. Creating space through pain. Controlling distance and timing.
8. Controlling Wing (R. Cross Wrist Grab).
Softening up opponent before attempting counter lock. Close up details on tendon lock and arm lock. Dropping weight to add affect to front kick.
9. Plucking the Apple (R. Rear Hammerlock).
Using rotation to change leverage. Reeling opponent into hold. Using hold to steer opponent if needed.
10. Cracking the Cage (R. Flank L. Grab on SHoulder).
Safety advisement on rib strike. Why we sweep/stomp. Tips on sweeping.
11. Accepting the Gift (Handshake).
Checking the extended arm and how to use it to control their initial position. Close up on turning their elbow for take down.
12. Dropping the Bear (Rear Bear Hug -- Arms Free).
Pros vs cons of arms being free on bear hug. When to break the rules. Using the posterior as a fulcrum to lock their leg. Safety tip to avoid breaking friends leg while practicing.
13. Converging Wings (Front Two Hand Lapel Grab).
Moving with their force. Checking the accidental head butt with a strike. Crane influence. Bracing a target to absorb maximum impact. Timing more important than speed. The magic of finesse.
14. Battling Falcons (Front Two Hand Wrist Grab).
Getting free not enough -- must be free and in control. Cancel height zone. Linking (fusing) center of gravity to hand (limb). Drawing upon power of earth (grounding).
15. Tossing the Bear (Rear Bear Hug -- Arms Pinned).
Attacking the same target with hand and foot to amplify affect. "Throwing Opponent" by hooking head and arm like a steering wheel while driving through their stance which was supporting them.
16. Compressing the Serpent (L. Flank R. Headlock).
Going with the hold. The nerve center on the calf. Vital (viper) snake strategy.
17. Obscure Talons (Rear Two Hand Wrist Grab).
Opponent controls our depth one direction (retreat) but we have freedom still to advance towards him. Crane movement.
18. Spiraling Destruction (Rear L. Hand Belt Grab).
Clearing defensive zones with your strikes. Adjusting if attack with other hand after committing to opening movement of technique. Continuos circle that folds upon itself.
III. Additional Theory & Concepts.
Controlling Order of Animals. Snake as the attacking animal. Defeating the snake through crane methods. Defeating the snake through vital (viper) snake. The "grandma test." Purpose of learning self-defense techniques and moving beyond the sequence. The five levels of technique understanding. Taking ownership of techniques and eventually transcending them.
IV. Bonus Feature: Journey to China "Shaolin Kung-fu Demo."
Senior students of the Shaolin Kung-fu school just outside of the Shaolin Temple gave a demonstration of their forms and training methods. Weapons, empty hand forms, iron body, all sorts of interesting skills.
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