Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Vunak's Top 50 Combat Secrets Ch. 9

Chapter 9: The Art of Defanging (the only weapons technique you will ever need)

Defanging the snake is the most underutilized and affective technique for all weapons. When a person grabs any weapon, there is one immutable constant, whether he is Chinese, Japanese, young or old, big or small, karate or kung-fu, etc... The flexor muscles must contract to grip the weapon (this movement also involves tendons and ligaments).

Once this weapon is in the hand of the assailant (say perhaps a pipe or a stick), the very tip of the weapon can be moving as fast as a 120mph. It is difficult to grab, difficult to block, even difficult to see and this is why weapons can be so dangerous.

The more we incrementally creep towards the hand, the slower the weapon is moving. As you get to the actual hand, you will find that it is a relatively slow and easy target to hit. It is important to remember here that we are talking about a real street fight. Therefore the weapons that would be applied, are heavy, hard and brutally affective, and make pain tolerance a moot point. A human being can take a punch in a fight or a kick. But from a physiological point of view, when 10, 20 or 30 bones in the hand are instantly smashed by a steel pipe. It is no longer a physical possibility to hold and retain the weapon. This same principle applies for all edged weapons. Once the tendons and ligaments are cut in the hands and wrist, it is a physical impossibility to grasp the weapon with the hand.

Therefore when two individuals are weapons sparring the $64,000 question becomes, what are the best moves, techniques, or angles to hit the opponents hand. The answer that I am about to give you, has been field tested, for 100s and 100s of years, and has been passed down from the Filipino masters that have lived through real warfare and subsequently passing down to the next generation. This technique has also been field tested through Bruce Lee, Dan Inosanto, and myself for the past 30 years. And though what I am about to tell you is extremely profound, the actual answer might be a little anti-climactic. Are you ready, here goes, the angle #2. Whatever one has in their hand, stick, knife, etc… When you smash your opponents hand using an angle 2, the odds of your success are increased exponentially (think of being blind folded and breaking a piñata, if you come straight down, you could miss vertically. If you swing at your piñata horizontally, you could miss it that direction also. However with a diagonal angle two, it is easy to see how ones odds are greatly increased).

I have personally studied the reason for this for over 20 years, and a volume of books could be written on this very subject. However suffice it to say, due to principles of geometry, morphology, and proclivity of movement, all of the aforementioned masters throughout history were right.

Once the opponents hand is smashed using our aforementioned angle 2, now other blows are meant to be delivered. These blows are geared to have more power as we call them “finishing blows”. These blows include, abenico, bacalau, upward figure 8, rodandos, and soonketees. It is very important to know that none of these strikes were meant to fight with, they are all follow-up blows, after we have defanged our opponent, using our angle 2.

In conclusion think of the angle 2, like an eye jab and a straight blast, and then think of all of the follow-up blows, like our headbutts, knees, and elbows. A smile should come to your face, as you see the formula is the same. Until next week.

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