In the last post, I discussed the left vs. right same side bait.
Today, I address the Modern Arnis left vs. right cross body bait.
The feature that I really like about the cross body bait is that it creates an opening for me to hit the opponent’s face with his stick as can be seen in the picture below.
After hitting Alex in the face, I maneuver his stick to trap his left hand/arm, thus setting up a punch to his face.
Here comes the punch to the face!
Naturally, during the course of this technique, Alex can counter me and one should be ready to counter his counter. That’s the nature of Modern Arnis.
To some, this may seem like a set pattern. It is. The flow is prearranged and this is a good way to learn what the flow feels like. That said, this pattern illustrates several concepts of Modern Arnis. First, grabbing the opponent’s cane is essential to the success of this technique. Secondly, you must have intent behind the cross body bait. While I use the term “bait” it really means wanting to hit the opponent with the punyo. The last concept taught by this sequence is the idea of using your opponent’s cane against him, as illustrated in the last picture.
There’s a right way and a wrong way to execute the cross body bait. One should never let the elbow lead the way. Doing so makes it easy for Alex to counter me. As with any other Modern Arnis technique, good structure is key.