This is an oldie, having posted it on YouTube in May of 2009. How time flies! 

Note: for the purposes of this video, we performed the technique in a static position. Otherwise, I would have moved Terence out of camera range.

In any case, there are several elements of tapi tapi present in the video, all of which involve moving your opponent. First, while the right sweep stroke is intended to target and hit your opponent’s face, he may avoid it by moving back. If so, you have at least moved your opponent back.

Secondly, after the sweep stroke, I performed the “passing” technique with my left hand to parry Terence’s #12 strike. This sets up the #7 thrust. The video shows the “play” version of it but the #7 thrust, in reality, would target the face.  This is followed by the tapi tapi block.

I then transitioned to the tapi tapi block on the #1 side. From there, I offered a same side bait to Terence, who took it. I trap him and execute a joint lock, called the centre lock. Then I finished him.

At any point during this sequence there are a number of options. As alluded above, the #7 thrust could be directed at Terence’s face. Another example is at the moment that I executed the same side bait. While I execute the bait, my left hand could have released his cane and executed a punch (whether it be straight or hook) at Terence’s exposed face. Or when he grabbed my stick hand, I could have executed the “c” release and finish him off.

Bottom line: inherent in the techniques and concepts of Modern Arnis is the flexibility to adjust on the fly to your opponent’s actions, reactions, and movements. This requires a fair bit of sensitivity to your opponent. Obviously, this means a fair bit of practice and play in order to develop that sensitivity and awareness.

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