Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Locking And Hitting Drills



Yes, once again it's time to fire up the new-fangled picture-taking machine and present another episode of Drinking Dojo Productions...
This drill is a blend of Small-Circle Jujitsu and Chinese infighting as taught by Ed Melaugh and Ron Ogi respectively.
Here, the opponent begins by presenting his hands and arms so the defender can learn to seize fingers, wrist and elbow locks. You move slowly and consistantly but don't lock hard, just flow.
Next, you begin to tap opponent's face or forehead, being careful of your training partner's eyes. This does several things: It represents a true hit or strike; it serves as a distraction to lure opponent into a finger or wristlock. Once again, flow slowly and constantly and take care not to hurt your training partner.
Finally, you add in elbows, palm slaps, leg traps - anything that fits the flow. Keep pumping your palm into the opponent's face area, keep him reacting and continue moving into him with foward pressure. Every time he tries to protect his face, something will open up as a target. Fill the void, move in, keep him on his toes.
Don't get too agressive with this drill, these things are best learned at a consistant, moderate pace.

6 comments:

Rick said...

Did you see the video on the news of the store owner who fought with an armed robber? He made out ok, but the locking and hitting drills would have been helpful.

We could pick apart what the guy actually did, but he was untrained and what he DID do took an extraordinary amount of courage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDVJR_hLoe4

Ninjai said...

Cool. This reminds me of chisao a bit- I'd like to try it out with someone one of these days. I like it. Thanks for sharing!

JoseFreitas said...

This drill almost demands that you use goggles. It would ingrain better habits (ie. actually hit the eyes) and make it safer.

Dojo Rat said...

Rick:
That was a good video, I may have to use it on dojo Rat!

Jose:
Yes, we have used goggles in the drill, and it does make it safer. The problem has been finding a comfortable goggle than can be hit (lightly tapped) without causing discomfort to the wearer. But you are right, it adds more reality.

Brown Dragon said...

Actually, I used to do the drill with Snow Goggles... They protect against light strikes and are more comfortable than racquetball style goggles which save your eyes, but smash the bridge of your nose with impact... yeah, learned that one the hard way...

Brown Dragon said...

...and yes, I have spent time studying Chisao from my friend & Teacher Ron Ogi & Michael Banaag, so some of the innate motions are definitely derived from that drill too... good eye!