Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Xing Yi Style Takedown

Since I've been thinking more about Xing-Yi (Hsing-i) lately, Here's one of the favorite takedowns we learned at Tim Cartmell's last seminar in Seattle. I'm still learning about the simplistic, effective power of Xing-Yi. Tim demonstrated this "crossing fist" application, which has a lot of similarities to the Tai Chi Chuan application of "parting wild horses mane/slant flying". The difference is the entry, which collapses the opponent's guard. The opponent's arm is locked tight in an underhook, with his other arm trapped against his body. You must step as deeply into his root as possible, pulling him in very tightly. The throw comes with a rotation, sitting into your throwing-side hip.
It's a farily safe position, even if you blow the arm lock- if you have stepped into his root correctly, you still have lots of options.


Man of the West said...

Excellent example. Thanks for putting it up.

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Hand2Hand said...

I like it. I've never liked the "crossing" move before, but now that I understand it better, I really appreciate it.

Simple, but effective. I think it could work with the tok ja from Wing Chun as well.

Dojo Rat said...

Ya, I'm still on a Xing Yi learning curve, but I always wondered about the crossing fist also.
I'm trying to line up some instruction with Jake down in Seattle to learn more. I do love the raw simplicity of xing yi and think it might dovetail with my Tai Chi Chuan class.

JoseFreitas said...

Really well done, with all the proper aggressive tone of XY. The difference between this and Diagonal Flying would be that DF is more of an angled, "outside gate" move, whereas in the XY move you're taking the "outside gate" but slamming into the opponent straight, and jamming him up, which is the more XY "no retreat, take no prisoners, God'll sort them out" mentality.

As an aside, Tim's take is "a lot of throwing always" which is OK, but in our school the move would tend towards an elbow break, which even if it failed would set up a good multiple strike.

Dojo Rat said...

Where've ya been?
Would you like to post a training report from your trip to China?