A concept that I teach in class concerns spinal alignment. I often explain that a weak structure will be easy to exploit. By breaking an opponent’s structure or moving the spine out of alignment, we can gain the advantage. Thus, disrupting another’s spinal alignment is an integral part of the self-defense toolbox. Likewise, you should avoid being out of alignment while executing any technique.

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If you lower your center of gravity as I did in the above video, a joint lock will be less effective. Consequently, you will not optimize your opponent’s spinal misalignment. To truly break your opponent’s body structure, you need to have correct spinal alignment and structure.

When performing the center lock with proper structure, you will find it easier to displace your opponent’s spine, setting him up for a finish.

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The principle in this video is the same as the first one. Good structure increases the chances of breaking your opponent’s structure and spinal alignment. Conversely, a weak structure makes it more difficult.

Let’s take a look at one more video.

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Notice how Master Chuck compromised my structure several times in this video?

In the first technique, he used an armbar to break my spinal alignment, resulting in the sweep.

At this point, my spine is out of alignment, and I’m at the mercy of Master Chuck. Yikes!

In the next technique, Master Chuck executes a nifty pull on my right arm, paving the way for the follow-up technique.

More specifically, see how Master Chuck snakes with his left hand and pins my stick hand against his chest. In so doing, he broke my structure. 

Often times, sequential disruption of a player’s structure takes place.

See the GIF below as an example of sequential disruption:

 Recall that the pin to the chest was the first step in the sequence. By stepping in with his right leg and using it as a fulcrum, he further compromised my overall structure.

At this point, all Master Chuck has to do is to drive his right arm toward the floor.

A few points to think about:

(1) Aim to break your opponent’s structure;

(2) Maintain your own structure when doing so;

(3) there are counters to those attempting to break your structure.

In closing, this concept is not unique to Modern Arnis. Indeed, it’s an essential part of many arts, such as Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido, boxing, wrestling, and many other martial arts. That said, I have emphasized to my students the importance of this concept. Indeed, I consider it to be one of the most critical concepts of Modern Arnis.

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