In this video, taken two years ago, I dealt with the topic of dealing with angle 12, which is one of the more challenging angles to defend against. There are several reasons for this. First, it is not difficult for the driver to generate power with an overhead swing like angle 12. Secondly, gravity assists in the power of the overhead attack. Thirdly and most importantly. this attack seems to have the magical effect of causing defenders to freeze. From my experience in teaching Modern Arnis over the years, I believe that most students have more difficulty with angle 12 than any other angle.
As can be seen from the video, I demonstrate three different ways to deal with angle 12. They are:
(1) The umbrella block;
(2) The wing block and;
(3) the pass.
High palis palis can be done as well but I did not demonstrate this technique in this video. Regardless of which technique you choose, angling off the line is paramount. As pointed out in the video, if you stand in front of your opponent and execute a superb umbrella technique, for example, the power of the strike will likely crash through your defense. Better to step off the line while doing the technique. Angle off!
A couple of points that I did not mention in the video and it’s just for you, those who read this blog. 🙂 Firstly, you can convert the umbrella/wing drill into a slap off/pull off variation. For example, after you execute the wing block, you can feed the punyo to your partner and should they use the check hand, you can then do the slap off. Secondly, you can use the umbrella and wing blocks against most other angles. These two techniques are not necessarily restricted to angle 12. Lastly, there are empty hand variations of the umbrella and wing blocks. The empty hand translations are quite fun! This goes to show how amazing Modern Arnis is in terms of weapons usage and the empty hand translations.
Have you explored the umbrella and wing blocks? If you spend some time, you’re bound to find some interesting things!