The right vs. right cross body bait is an incredibly fast technique and is one of my favourites!

Whether the stick is in your right or left hand, you have the option of doing a
“cross body bait.” The beginning position of the cross body bait may seem odd to some but it’s no different than the initial position of a karate down block, is it? There are a fair number of Modern Arnis techniques that employ some variation of the down block motion.

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The difference is, of course, the fact I have a rattan cane in my hand and my objective is to hit my opponent’s face with the punyo (the butt end of the stick). In this video, my opponent thwarts my attempt by grabbing my weapon hand. To counter this, I trap him with a stick locking technique and finish him with an uppercut. You’ll notice that my stick lock looks a lot like the end of the karate down block.

From the stick lock position, I have several options. For instance, in lieu of the uppercut, I can retract my cane back to my shoulder to prepare for a #2 angle strike to his noggin. Or from the stick lock position, I can switch the cane to my left hand easily. On and on and on. You get the idea. 🙂

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