Last week, I decided to spontaneously execute a ‘counter technique’ on Cristian. I noticed that his tends to place his weight heavily on his front leg, almost 80% of his weight, when he throws his uke. So when i was my turn to be his uke, instead of being thrown, i swing my body around and grab his shoulder, putting more weight on his already off balanced posture, and the result is predictable.
It was a messy ‘sacrificial throw’, we tumbled and he felled on me and we struggled on the floor a bit. Messy, partly because i did not have the intention to follow up after the throw, my aim is to counter his throw, bring to his attention his off balance posture so that he can correct it. But I don’t think he got the message. Sure, he knew he was off balanced, I’m not too sure if he knew that was by design, and not an accident. I purposely countered his technique to encourage him to see the weakness.
That is the danger of false security.We practice our art in a safe environment, so much so that we think that safety lurks in every corner, instead of vice versa. It becomes a given, things should be safe. It happens in every practice we endeavor. We get comfortable, we get shortsighted. Things gets so predictable that when a monkey wrench is thrown in, people gets upset, unable to handle it, or worse think otherwise. What i did on Cristian is not ‘otherwise, my ill executed sacrificial throw could have been more devastating had it been in the hands of a skilled Judoka.
That is also the danger of not cross training. I saw his weakness precisely because i was exposed to other arts, a simple ‘horse stance’ commonly practiced in karate would have corrected that weakness as it spread our weight evenly and minimise the chances of being pulled to the floor. Even, if the throw is successfully executed, there must be countermeasures in place on the ground to make sure that there are chances of escape.