Friday, September 21, 2007
Line "Em Up !
Su Dong Chen
Last night I introduced two students to how to apply the rooting and yielding learned in fixed-step push hands to a person giving them "random movement". The aggressor just moves at half-speed into them, not hitting, but just giving the other person "random movement". The defender can try rooting, yeilding, peng, rollback, etc. This is an intro to something like Aikido Randori, at a very basic level, and emphisis is put on staying relaxed. A great pace for students to experiment and learn. At the end, I had them both come at me. I did my best to not get caught between them, and was successful at "lining them up". Keep moving, never get caught in the middle, and line your opponents up so you only have to deal with one at a time. If possible, use one as a shield against others and a weapon against the others. Back in the old Tae kwon Do days this was pretty tough with three attackers coming at you.
Look at the first video. This Turkish guy obviously has good rooting and hitting skills, sticks and moves, and takes the fight to the crowd. Great movement, he is able to nail these guys in unstable positions and knocks them down.
The second video is of a skilled Chinese master using similar movement against multiple attackers... He definately works these guys over!