Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Single Reaction Defenses #2 and #3

"Single Motion Defensive Response" #2
 This is the 2nd version of the previously described Combination, and is utilized when the previously practiced motion is compromised by the Uke retracting their striking hand/arm before the Tori is able to secure the ability to manipulate/control it.
 Though often viewed as being only a possibility, this response is a very probable occurrence. If (or when) the Tori is not able to achieve an Arm-Bar (quickly enough), the Uke will no-doubt retract their striking arm to prevent it's being injured and/or manipulated by the Tori. This can also occur if/when the Tori doesn't correctly apply the technique (even if successfully/correctly placing their arm's in the general positioning). Prevention of this occurrence is (primarily) done through the speed of the initial technique application.
 This application's practice begins when the Uke has bent/retracted their arm (towards their own chest). As the Uke performs this action, the Tori will slide their Lower (the Tori's Right) hand towards/onto the Uke's retracting hand. The Tori's “Higher”(in this case, the Tori's Left) hand motions to grasp the Uke's arm above and behind their Right elbow. Their Right hand will grasp the Uke's hand/fist(that they are pulling back), Fold it forward (inward) towards the uke, and rotate it outward (laterally) to their Right side, and then press it downward towards the ground. 
 When grasping the Uke's hand/fist, it is rolled/folded forward (towards the palm), and the “pinky” finger is motioned across the Uke's wrist. The Uke's grasped hand is then motioned to the uke's side/rear and straight-down towards the ground. This motion is assisted by the Tori's other hand (positioned on the Uke's arm above their elbow) by moving the elbow inward (medially, towards the Uke's center-chest).
 As with the previously discussed application, this motion could be assisted with the application of a kick or knee-spear (used to additionally rotate and/or collapse the Uke). To assist in transferring the uke's body-weight (to the Uke's Left leg), the Tori could (optionally) knee-spear the Uke's Right thigh.
 Though the Uke may chose to (completely) roll over (to a prone position, face down), it is a rare occurrence. Most often the Uke will be taken to the ground, and will be placed on their back. We instruct students in two (standard) manner's of rolling the Uke to the prone position (though I won't be covering those here, at this time).

SMDR  #3
  This response is to practice against a (second) Opposite-Side (Left-Handed) Strike Attempt made by an aggressor.
  If/when the initially captured (Uke's) Right arm is not manipulated quickly enough, and If (for what-ever reason) the technique hasn't or can't be applied, the Uke will attempt to strike the Tori with their “free” (opposite/Left) arm. These motions are shown to allow the (student) Tori to respond to those attempts.
  When the Uke begins their attempted strike (by the “free” Left hand/arm), the Tori will motion their arm located closest to the uke (which in this example, will be their Left arm) across the Uke's chest and into/on top of the elbow of the Uke's striking arm (nullifying that strike attempt). The Tori's Right arm will be moved with the Tori's body, as the Tori rotates their body/position to their own Left, while shifting their body position to their own Right, and to the front of the Uke.
 The Tori's Right arm will motion upward and to the right as it strikes the Uke upon the Right side of their neck. The Tori's Left arm will motion/slide down the Uke's arm to grasp the wrist of that arm. After striking the Uke's neck, the tori's Right arm is taken over the Uke's head, and motions down the back-side of the Uke's Left arm (this assists in rotating the uke to face away from the Tori).
 As the elbow of the Tori's Right arm reaches it's preferred position (slightly above the uke's elbow), The forearm will rotate (clockwise) to a vertical position (to be used as a fulcrum), and will apply light pressure upon the back of the Uke's arm, while the Tori places their Right elbow against the uke's side. The Tori will then lift the wrist of the Uke's Left arm (aka. Arm-Bar). 

 When practiced in succession, the 3 described combination motions can be practiced one after the other (switching between Tori and Uke). The exact manner of these technique's execution can be modified as needed or required (depending on the student's experience). 

 These particular defensive exercises are designed to aid the student in becoming more proficient in defending themselves from common strikes, while utilizing one motion, that will be effective regardless of how the Uke attacks them. 
 Though not my own preferred technique, this is one that we use for exposing students to practicing the concept of  "Single Motion Response".
 Those with RyuTe experience will (no doubt, LOL) of noticed the similarities of these motions to those of the "Spider-Web" exercise. That exercise is another example of "Single Motion Responses".


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