The worth of the style you learn lies in the usefulness of the form and attendant techniques to enable you to solve problems.
So three new questions from my student :-
Problem A – How does he solve the problem of not being able to overcome his training partner’s control of the centerline
Problem B – How can be attack his training partner after controlling his arm?
Problem C – How to stop his training partner from using his elbow to collapse his (my student) arm, go over it and hit him in the face?
Firstly, its not just about the technique. We should also consider the principle. So here’s what I said to solve the problems :-
Problem A – stop trying to go around your training partner’s arm. He is controlling the centerline and running around it means you are taking a longer way. So ergo, you won’t get anywhere.
The trick is to borrow our method of holding the straight sword to grasp and cuff his wrist, open up his door and voila! you are in.
My student tried it but initially had some difficulty. OK, one key is missing – go with the flow, turn back, reach in and grasp his wrist. Problem solved.
Problem B – this is a strange problem. My student got the control but he can’t let go of his training partner’s hand so he cannot attack.
Clearly, my student is not thinking straight because he has learned the solution before. It is a common problem – the way he grips is the main culprit. Basically, he has locked himself down. Bad. He needs to be able to let go without losing control. This is the first part of the solution.
The second part of the solution is what I would call the hold the door open and enter principle. This comes from Brush Knee, Twist Step. As shown to my student when applied properly he could not react fast enough to get hit.
Problem C – this is a problem of what to do when your training partner uses a bong-sau like response to your attack. Not a new problem. Its something I have taught before but it seems my student has forgotten.
It is quite straightforward. You attack, your opponent deflects and tries to apply a gwai jang on your arm. The answer is to flow with his bong-sau and stick lightly to a jumping point. Whether he wants to apply a gwai jang or not is not important.
The key is that you are in a good position. Whatever response he tries you are now in a position to react proactively. So the moment he tries to go over the top you apply the principle of he goes high, you go higher. When you do so he cannot go over your arm and ends up losing his balance.