In an earlier post, I broke down the opening sequence of Anyo Isa Empty Hand Form 1 and showed that it could be interpreted as trapping hands or as an armbar. 

In the above video, I took the same sequence and showed that you do not necessarily have to perform the trapping hands in the exact sequence prescribed by the form. This sequence can be broken down into a one count move, commonly called “parry and backfist” by those of us in the IMAF. This variation is an extremely quick and effective self defence move. This can be used either as an empty hand maneuver or in the context of sticks.

A word to the wise: if you’re going to use this particular technique, you need to have good body structure and positioning for this to have any effect. Step into the backfist with the same side leg (right hand backfist= step in with the right foot) and one of two things will happen; either you will hit the adversary and gain the advantage or the adversary’s structure will be broken as he tries to step back or lean back. If you don’t step in, the chances of a “parry/backfist” technique succeeding goes down.

In summary, there are a number of ways that the trapping hands can be applied or broken down. That’s the beauty of the Modern Arnis Anyos. One need not be limited to one or two interpretations. It’s fun to be creative and see what the possibilities are.

Have you explored the possibilities of trapping hands? Let me hear it!


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