As shown in the video, when it comes to snake disarms, it’s not thissssss!

If you are not able to view the video, click here.

The “wrong” way to do a snake disarm, as illustrated in the first part of this video, is a common mistake. This kind of disarm tends to pit muscle against muscle. 

Wrong Way to Do Snake Disarm
I demonstrate the wrong way to effect a snake disarm.

If you’re using muscle to effect a technique, something is not right. You don’t want to do thissss.

Why work so hard?

The better way, as shown in the video, is to:

(1) Tilt your cane to the right; and

(2) step toward your partner and inject your cane toward his centre line.

Boom! The cane pops out!

This happens because the partner’s hand is turned upside down and it becomes quite difficult to retain the cane. It’s all about good structure. Again, if you find yourself muscling through a technique, you are not doing it right. Say to yourself “Not Thissssss!”

Why do snake disarms? Snake disarms are particularly useful against the right backhand strikes. If you can detect a backhand strike coming your way, you may be in a position to block that strike and snake your cane into position. Hence the possibility of a disarm.

Likewise, if you are holding the stick in your left hand against a right handed player, a snake disarm is possible here as well. If a right handed player attacks with a forehand strike (angle #1), you can block with the left stick and immediately snake underneath your opponent’s wrist to effect the disarm.

Are there counters to snake disarms?

You betcha! Come see me and I’ll show you a few counters to the snake disarm! 🙂

Try this snake disarm!

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2 thoughts on “Fix It Friday: Not Thissssss!

  • July 8, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    center line, stance, lower your body, mechanics’, and you don’t look like you have been doing it for 30-40 yrs .
    What I have seen so far , is your Dedication and Knowledge and heart of your arts.

    • July 8, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      Thanks for stopping by again sir and for your compliments!



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