What did I learn at Dave's seminar on the 26th of September?
a) how to alter my perception of how I have adapted what I was taught by Pat.
b) how to approach the larger circles Dave showed in Snapping Twig.
c) That wiggling side to side thing that Dave talked about that messes with the attackers balance and foundation.
d) The natural gathering motion of the arms and how it is applied within the ideal.
What I have been practicing SINCE the seminar;
a) Examining the poke attack of Clipping the Storm, turning it in to a NOw attack as well as a NOW attack.
(In my perception of attacks there are primarily only two types, when a grab, push, hug/hold, choke, lock or any attack that is defended against after it has made contact, then that is a now attack. When a punch, kick, club knife or gun attack is used that is a NOW attack. Now is upper/lower case because as I say it it is said at a normal level of speaking. NOW is upper case only because when the attack starts I say NOW!, to emphasize the difference between the two types. However, there is a grey area that comes up with Clipping the Storm. The stick that is typically used to train this technique is, in my opinion, the wrong kind of weapon. So, useing a club that is much shorter and that can be concealed within the folds of a GI top, the attack now becomes a tapping AND thrusting poke. This now becomes the 'NOw' attack. Again there is the upper/lower case configuration with the O now capitalized. NOw is the mid point of NOW and now.)
b) Finding the softball throw motion of the whipping hand/weapon that Dave talked about previous to the seminar on the 26th and how it can be a claw or a closed fist strike. (go to this video,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVIX6c2MfAw
to see what I am referencing.)
c) The twisting bow method, how it replaces the NB/FB transitions in ideal phase techniques from about Shield and Mace and on up, and how the twisting method influences the type of up-clock maneuvers I have not felt comfortable with within some ideal phase techniques.
(Just one of many questions I have had about certain foot maneuvers and stance change sequences. Not the systems fault, just the usesrs inability to grok the methods.)
d) Hooking Wings. using the softball throw palm claw instead of the hammer fist strike, because, the open hand is the relaxed arm that increases acceleration through the target, then, gives the close fist back fist that extra whip and aides the glancing nature of the strike.
e) Circling the Horizon. Instead of an Inward Horizontal Elbow, a dipping outward elbow that looks like a version of Obscure Wing. The dipping elbow flows around and under the checking parry/arm and uses the rebound of the head shot to impel the elbow to the body. Very much like a cue ball bouncing off of the rail and then in to the object ball.
f) Circling Destruction. Instead of doing up-clock WITH the palm heel strike that contours the left arm of the attacker, I am using the left hand to push out and away slightly WITH the up-clock and thereby putting the next two targets within contact penetration range. By up-clocking with the left hand on the attackers left shoulder I can use my right foot to anchor better in preparation for the right hand chop and eye hook. Glancing Salute is the meta (ideal phase analogy).
So there, that's what I learned and how I am adapting it to what I do.