The Martial Arts Freestyle Method
you should probably say,
‘The Al Case Martial Arts Freestyle (or fighting) Method.’
I don’t know of anybody else who teaches freestyle like this.
Yet it is a complete method that
leads to competence in fighting in the shortest possible time.
The problem with karate,
and with people,
and all of mankind,
is that they think the only solution is force.
somebody comes at you and the solution is to hit him.
And, of course,
we know that Tai Chi and Aikido and such,
they aren’t really arts,
they don’t work!
Poopycock to you!
Those arts work fine!
They work better than the hard arts!
The problem is that people don’t make them work.
And the problem behind that is…
they don’t know how to make them work.
They are stuck with the idea of force only.
So let’s talk.
The first rule of a soft art,
Aikido, or Tai Chi especially,
is get out of the way.
After a while,
learn a few tricks,
starting to get an inkling,
you figure out the second rule.
In Sticky Hands you empty the arms.
In Pushing Hands you empty the body.
In Aikido you empty the body while in motion.
And, after a while,
you figure out the third rule.
Help him punch you.
while you’re thinking about that,
I figured all three rules out
on my first couple of lessons in Sticky Hands.
The guy is hitting me,
I’m not fast enough,
as time went on,
and the punches accumulated,
I realized what sticky hands was trying to teach me.
Don’t reach out and create a barrier, a block, a ridge.
If you do that you’re pushing him away,
and he’ll just come back and hit you again.
A ridge draws in force.
But if you reach out as he reaches out,
then pull back as he passes the halfway mark
and you help him with his strike,
you can guide it using almost no force.
Don’t fight him,
agree with him.
I structure my freestyle method like this:
A slow block and counter drill.
Back and forth,
speeding up ONLY when competence appears.
Lop Sau, or ‘Rolling Fists’
Mind you I do this one totally different than any other art.
I’ve figured out all the parts,
all the missing pieces,
so it is a complete method of freestyle,
not just a wing chun drill with limits.
The point is the student is introduced to
‘pulling the attacker’s punch.’
Only two techniques in a method that has six techniques,
but it works.
I’m the only person in the world that teaches the complete lop sau drill.
I drill the student on emptying his arms..
He pulls the arm,
twists the hips slightly,
and deflects the punch
without moving in place.
I actually skip this drill a lot.
It just isn’t as useful as some might think.
Not just emptying the arms,
but emptying the whole body.
Absorbing the punch while moving in place.
I usually drill Lop Sau and Pushing Hands together,
(after the student is able to do all the attacks in Lop Sau)
making the student appreciate the difference
in distances in the two drills.
I do ‘flowstyle,’
It’s like Rhythmic freestyle,
back and forth,
except we can only flow punches into locks and throws.
I’ve outlined this method in lots of places,
I believe it is in the Matrix Combat course,
but I wrote that a long time ago
and there might be a couple of missing points.
You’ll find individual freestyle drills in the various courses,
but you have to go through them and see where they are,
then compile them.
There aren’t going to be any missing pieces,
and this is the most thorough explanation of the method.
You can also find it in some of my books,
especially the later ones.
you have to check it all out.
So there it is,
first, realize that you must…
get out of the way
empty your body
help him punch (attack)
lop sau (complete method develped by me)
Flowstyle (aiki method of back and forth throws/locks.
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