Shou Kao Kal Handcuff Switch

The enemy has captured you and ordered your hands atop your head. He moves into position behind you and reaches up to take your right arm into a Hammer Lock. This is preparatory to tying your hands or handcuffing them behind your back. The enemy presses his weapon into your back to discourage resistance. In an arrest, one officer generally covers the other.

Fig. 81-The enemy pulls your arm behind your back. This is the best moment to attack since he must either reach for his cuffs or holster his weapon. His attention will be distracted.

Fig. 82-Step to the right with your left foot, pivoting on the ball of the right foot, and reversing the enemy's wristlock by lifting it over your head and seizing his arm. Slap the enemy weapon to the outside with the left hand by crossing the body. This is known as a cross-push block. If he has bolstered his weapon, strike him in the rib cage as you turn.

Fig. 83-Slide-step with the right foot to a position even with the enemy. Step to his rear with your left foot, maintaining your grip on his wrist. Pull downward in a semicircular arc with your right hand, twisting the enemy's right arm into a hammer lock. Seize the enemy's left wrist from behind to prevent his executing a similar reverse.

Fig. 81

Fig. 82

Fig. 83

Fig. 81

This is a common escape from a Hammer Lock found in most martial arts as a self defense trick. It involves using the Entering Pivot from the Kuji Ashi. From this it can be seen that the Ninja applied a few techniques to a variety of purposes. Making their system simple and easy to learn as well as effective. This is the same step used to enter a doorway without letting light escape as the door is opened shown earlier.

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