Regardless of which Modern Arnis technique you are executing, always keep your eye on the ball!

In this video, I illustrate the problem with over-rotating on your forearm bumps. The key principle is not to turn your leading shoulder past your opponent’s center line. If this happens, you are vulnerable to a counter as you are out of position. One key to this is not to turn your leading shoulder past your partner’s center line. If you keep your leading shoulder lined up with this center line, you will be in a good position to execute a forearm bump.

I got some commentary online regarding the tapi tapi version of this technique. More specifically, the left hand abanico strike being caught by Alex, my training partner in this video. Some expressed their belief that the idea of catching the abanico strike may not be a good idea and may be ingraining some bad habits. I largely agree with them in that one can only imagine the damage to the hand as a result of an abanico strike. To counter the left hand abanico, one would need to go much further back in this sequence to nip the abanico strike in the bud. That would be the preferred strategy. However, at the end of that technique, what would you sacrifice? Your hand or your face if you saw that abanico strike coming your way and you needed a desperate Hail Mary type defense?

I know what I would do. 🙂

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