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    bad partner work
    By bushidomartialarts - Mon, 13 Nov 2006 17:50:46 GMT

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    how many of you have had this problem...

    a student comes to you because a technique 'doesn't work'. i.e., they tried it on their partner and the partner didn't let go, wound up in a position where the next shot won't land, whatever.

    watching them try it, you realize the trouble is because the uke doesn't react realistically.

    ferinstance, the second half of locked horns. getting upright is kinda difficult if you haven't really racked the poor sod in step one. so you get students squirming away because their partner still has the headlock on.

    what sorts of solutions do y'all practice for this kind of situation? i have a few of my own, but i like to listen to everybody speak before i throw in my own dog.


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    Default Re: MT: bad partner work

    Mr. Sepulveda used to say "React, or I'll make you react!"

    His dummies used to react pretty good.

    I'm sure they still do.

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    Default Re: MT: bad partner work

    Quote Originally Posted by thedan View Post
    Mr. Sepulveda used to say "React, or I'll make you react!"

    His dummies used to react pretty good.

    I'm sure they still do.

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    Default Re: MT: bad partner work

    Quote Originally Posted by thedan View Post
    Mr. Sepulveda used to say "React, or I'll make you react!"

    His dummies used to react pretty good.

    I'm sure they still do.

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    Lightbulb Re: MT: bad partner work

    I was teaching a very divirse group one day. I had a brown belt working with part of it across the room. I tend to try to keep a global perspective and pay attention to what is happening with everyone, even when I am focused on someone else. I noticed something going on. The Brown belt was attempting to teach "Wings of Silk" to a really big, strong, excessivly bullheaded student and it just wasn't working. In fact, the young strong man was ademently dancing the brownbelt around in the double armbar. I asked what the problem was? The Brown belt replied..."I just can't seem to get the break to work, Sifu?" So I said...."Hmmm...let me try it." So the eager strongman proceeded to try to lace my arms up...and I started the technique before he got me cinched in tight. He of course said..."HEY! That' s not fair. I wasn't ready". Oh. I nodded in empathy. "I understand. Well, you go ahead and grabe me again, and let me know when you are ready." So this time I aquieced...and let him tie me up good. When he signified he was in fact ready...I lifted my foot and laid it down pretty solidly on his instep. He let go in a heartbeat. (He also jumped around on one foot for a spell! ) I pointed out that was one of the first moves in Wings of Silk, but due to not wanting to actually injure our partners, we usually discussed it, but didn't apply it. However it made the point. Mr Disruptive, nodded and agreed, it certainly made him want to let go. Frequently there are aspects of our techniques that are taken for granted. When met with an uncooperative opponent, I will try to point these things out. (Generally in a less demonstrative manner than it took in the above illustration) IF you perform all aspects of each technique with proper intent, there really should be few folks willing to remain uncooperative for long. Usually, a brief discussion about this event, (or a few other colorful episodes) is enough to illustrate the point, without having to stomp every bad partner.
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