SKD S7 6-Blocks

This is an explanation on how to use the 6 basic blocks in SKD.

When learning how to use the 6 basic blocks we would need to examine what striking attacks are typically used so that we know whether the 6 blocks are sufficient or we can adapt what we have to fit the attack.

And sometimes the purpose of learning 6-Blocks is not to just teach you how to block…….

SKD S7 Changes

At the basic level we use three strikes to simplify our learning.

However, having three strikes does not mean that we are limited in how we can apply them.

From the basic body posture we can also easily shift into the other techniques.

This allows us to easily expand our choice of response as we move up in our learning.

Here I am explaining how we can overcome an attempt to block our strike. We normally explore this as part of learning to understand our techniques.

Traditionally, the teacher will teach us some examples of how to apply the strategies of the art and leave it to us to look into it further.

There is no right or wrong answers, merely investigative questions such as won’t bringing my swinging arm up in the air open me up to a grappler to rush me and body lock me and so on.

SKD S7 Sweeping Strike

The Sao Chui is a powerful strike that cuts through the air in a wide arc.

This means that if improperly used you will inadvertently open up your space to an attack.

So more than ever you must have a good grasp of the fundamentals in order to use Sao Chui.

This is because the wide movement can cause you to lose your balance if you miss.

We also need to look into how to set up the strike quickly and issue power even at a closer range to reduce the striking time.

Because Sao Chui requires a bigger movement this means that you will never be as fast as a linear strike such as the Yum Chui.

So in order to use Sao Chui you will need to investigate how to minimize this weakness.

SKD S7 Shoulder Looseness

In today’s Zoom lesson I explained a bit more about the arm looseness exercises that I had introduced in a previous lesson.

In this particular exercise if we keep practicing and working on relaxing the arm we can move the arm like a chain.

When your arm is like a chain you can use the shoulder, elbow or wrist to strike.

Ad-Lib Swings 2

Free Sao Chui swinging here.

We train Sao Chui this way in order to generate a strong knockout power.

Imagine a conditioned forearm that swings like a base bat aimed at your head.

While I am not at the level of Master Leong this gives an idea of the potential power of this strike.

Ad-Lib Swings

Doing some arm swinging before the start of today’s SKD class. Some might think there’s dantian rotation, this internal and that internal.

However, these are simple body mechanics involving body rotation while relaxing the arms until they feel like a rope with stones (fists) at the other end.