CLOUD HANDS APPLICATION


CLOUD HANDS APPLICATION

Taijiquan’s Cloud Hands Posture can be used to defensively roll off blows to the upper body ( in this example) . This action also allows one to trap and break their opponents elbow . i first step and turn to ” open the door” letting the opponent’s blow pass by . i also put a Ward Off ( Embracing Palm) between the blow and myself lightly adhering and turning with the waist ( roll back) . i then ” do the Pips move” ( Gladys Knight and the Pips dance move ) and roll/switch the hands with the lower hand coming up from the inside. The upper hand will now grasp the wrist and the forearm will place an Embracing Palm on the elbow acting as a lever , threatening the elbow. Keep in mind that as your opponent is punching , they are using their own strength to straighten their arm. You can add to their strength ( using 4 oz to defeat 1000 lbs) causing them to hyperextend their elbow joint ; at this point a snappy following energy will break/dislocate the elbow . This method is applicable with Boxing gloves on …

 

 

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