A practical lesson on knife fight protection provides by looking at the photo for ebooks:
My friend, Lee Asher (famous wizard) took tons of photos fighting with a knife for one of my books. I think Lee has a good camera eye – he took some great tutorial pictures.
While he took the shots, I had to fix the scene, according to the knife lesson.
I told Lee the teaching sequences I wanted to visually capture.
Then I told my students what I wanted from the photo sequence, and I held my breath and sometimes … I had to tell everyone to shoot the sequence again ….
It was so cold that the students moved their hands, moved during the picture, smiled at them (or were those teeth chattering?) And accidentally changed their hand positions.
Through it all, I made some interesting observations about his checking hands:
The starters always seemed to forget about positioning – they let their hands down on their sides.
They do this sometimes during practice, too.
What’s wrong with this?
* They only have one hand to protect
* They leave full sides open to attack
* They do not coordinate the use of both hands
* Makes a lousy photo for ebook (smile)
Advanced Student Hand Check
My higher end students had a different tendency. They put their check hand up in the air. It ‘s almost like fencing – one hand on the sword, and one hand raised in the air.
Consider this site ….
Is his checking hand helping them in the fight? Or are we encountering the same set of problems that we encounter when we release the secondary arm to the side?
Check Manual Errors
At least one of my students noticed these check errors. I saw the correction he made. He put both hands forward, less than a foot apart.
It was very mental for you chi sao (sticky hands), except that one hand had a knife.
What’s wrong with this?
His “Live Hand” (a term borrowed from the Philippine arts) is now another target for his opponent. It’s too close to the action, to “hang up” then.
In the knife fighting ebook, “10 Days to Fight with a Better Knife,” I have an exercise, in which you practice slicing the hand WITHOUT the knife. You learn a specific and effective way to ‘corkscrew’ your main goal to raise the arm further, or to an empty hand.
Do this without opening a new response line to your opponent.
Manual Check Advice
Whether you protect yourself with two knives, one in each hand, or one blade in one hand, you should consider the placement of your check hand.
Don’t drop it too low.
Do not place it directly in front of your face.
Don’t stretch it forward so far, so it’s a goal.
Don’t let him move and wiggle aimlessly.
Use it to help your hand attack.
Use it, to defend and attack by your other hand.
Learn to use it as a control arm.
Use your check arm to attack at the same time.
Be aware that the roles of your hands can change. Suddenly your ‘Living Hand’ can become an aggressive hand and vice versa.
And if you happen to be lucky that your opponent focuses on one hand of your own … great.
You know what to do with the other hand, right?