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The #5 poke is a tremendous way to move your opponent.
Why? Frankly, folks don’t like their opponent attacking their center. Either you hit them or they move out of the way. Either way, the driver wins. By attacking your opponent’s centerline, you will be able to anticipate your opponent’s response.
On the other side of the coin, I can tell you that defending against the #5 poke is no fun.
Master Chuck is controlling Andy’s cane while thrusting a #5 at him. Also, Andy’s arm is semi-extended away from his centreline, making him vulnerable. Frankly, Andy is dead meat here.
Having control of your opponent’s cane is key while thrusting a #5 at your opponent. It’s either game over or you have moved your opponent into a very disadvantageous position.
Andy now has to catch up. In a sense, he’s behind time.
Let’s look at this photograph and see what options are available to the driver.
(2) Hitting with the driver’s cane;
(3) Hitting with the defender’s cane;
(4) Set up a sweep (especially with Andy’s right leg in position);
(6) Punching; and, lastly,
Looking at this picture, I can see a couple of potential beautiful jiu-jitsu/judo techniques. Poor Andy. As one can see, the #5 poke really opens the door to all kinds of possibilities, depending on your opponent’s reaction.
As Master Chuck points out in the video, you need to have intent behind the #5 poke. That intent is what makes this technique work. If the intent is not there, you will be countered.
In summary, through tapi tapi, you can employ strategies to create openings and vulnerabilities to your advantage. The #5 poke is one of them.