“Don’t do the limbo” refers to poor body structure while joint locking as illustrated in the below video.


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This video illustrates a mistake that I often see among Modern Arnis students and this concerns incorrect body structure when performing joint locks either with a stick or empty handed.

If you perform the lock in the incorrect manner that I demonstrated in this video, you’ll be losing the torque needed to bring your partner into compliance or to break his joint. It is not necessary to bend down with your training partner while doing a joint lock. There may be a couple of reasons why folks perform locks like this.

The first reason may be that they perceive that they can exert more torque on the joint if they bend with their training partner in this manner. Nothing could be further from the truth. All this does is give an adversary an opportunity to escape from this lock and effect a counter.

The second reason may be just plain old inexperience at joint locking. A good teacher and practice will usually correct this error in due time. The practitioner may discover on his or her own that “doing the limbo” while joint locking is usually inefficient and does not produce the optimal result.

As illustrated in the video, the correct way to execute a joint lock starts with good body structure, stance and positioning. A good trap, a solid stance, and proper wrist action usually produces the desired result. See the picture below.

Correct body structure during a joint lock.
Correct body structure during a joint lock.

Don’t do the limbo! To instructors, have you seen this and how have you corrected this?

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