Thursday, October 2, 2008
High Pass - Bagua Fan-Jang
Here we are working on the "high pass", also seen as Fan-Jang in the Bagua system.
The idea is to move outside (away from) the power curve and not take a hard block. This is more of a parry with one arm and taking over with the other, sometimes called "feed the tiger" in other systems. The "shutdown", or pinning the opponents arm against them is a critical technique. This is why we work to keep our "Peng", or "ward-off" expanded and full in push hands. The armbar is a good example of "Rollback". The Backfist is just the start, of course you would continue pressing on with repeated strikes or a takedown.
We may focus on the first technique, "The Shutdown" in another video, because it is such an important technique for controlling the opponent and taking their center. We'll also look at a couple of good takedowns and arm breaks to experiment with, stay tuned...