Changing Directions

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You will normally use the inside and outside changes the most in your forms, as well as in partner training that involves walking the circle. However, other methods are occasionally found in the forms and should become relatively easy with time and effort.

What I call the "Screwing Step" is used in the Circular Form, and occasionally in the Linear Form, as a way of twisting out of an attempted arm lock to set up a shoulder strike or throw (White Ape Builds a Nest), or as a sudden turn to block and strike, as in certain postures of the Circular Form. This is always used after having "wrapped" the arms, and it is very important to feel as if the hands lead in attempting this kind of directional change.

What I call the "Swing Step" is occasionally used in the Circular and Linear Forms, and it can be very useful for changing direction. It can add a great deal of torque to your pulling action if you have grabbed the opponent's wrist, or it can be used to suddenly lift an attacker's foot with your swinging foot to imbalance him, or to drive your moving foot downwards into your attacker's knee, shin, or foot. This movement is epitomised in the Sixth Change of the Circular Form by the footwork executed in "Sweep Ten Thousand Enemies" and in the Linear Form by the posture Checking Palm to Abdomen.

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  • Jana
    What is changing direction mechanics?
    8 years ago

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