Modern Arnis Left Hand Posing is a lot of fun!

As Master Chuck indicates in the video, Professor utilized the posing techniques quite a bit. The posing techniques are done at the highest levels of Modern Arnis. 

Why might one do a posing technique? Posing is designed to elicit a reaction from an opponent and depending on the reaction, there are a number of cool counters that one can do. Once proficiency is achieved in this, the possibilities open up. 

As can be seen in the video, all posing techniques start with grabbing the opponent’s cane, rendering it useless. The driver’s cane is free. Grabbing an opponent’s cane is HUGE in Modern Arnis.

The opportunity to grab a cane usually occurs when your opponent’s cane and your cane touch each other or when the opponent’s cane comes toward you, provided that you have moved and shifted properly. Once you have grabbed an opponent’s cane, there are a number of techniques that you can do. 

Posing is a tremendous tool for teaching timing, rhythm, and being “a cheat, a liar, and a thief” (to borrow Guro Maija Soderholm’s phrase). It creates a lot of openings in the context of tapi tapi.


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