One of our Enter Shaolin Family members Melani was watching one of the lessons inside our training site called ‘Locking The Ankle‘. She commented wondering, “What’s keeping them from kicking you with the other foot?”
Good question, Melani! I wasn’t 100% sure, however I figured it had something to do with the amount of pain the person is in. This is because after filming Sifu Phu teaching the ankle lock technique to some KAPAP martial artists at Sensei David Melker’s school in Somers Point, NJ… I realized that if these guys, some of whom were not only tall but also strong couldn’t kick out of a properly applied ankle lock, clearly it has to be a pain issue.
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There’s a lot more footage of ankle locks and much more inside the site. Those dudes were not kicking their way out, why? Because, they couldn’t!
However, I don’t like to assume, so I asked Larry what his thoughts were. Which led to me getting hurt. Which happens a lot when you guys and gals ask questions or leave comments that need some clarification. Until now, you had no idea your questions and comments were causing me so much pain, because normally we just type our a response back. 😉
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Today, we decided to switch things up, okay actually it was me that decided to. So I asked Melani’s question about the ankle locking video to Larry, “What’s keeping them from kicking you with the other foot?”
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He did his normal, “Come here and see for yourself… Go ahead and try to kick me.” Which led to me tapping out and some serious failed attempts of kicking him.
Me: Okay, you made your point. You could have just told me why, you know right?
Larry: Nah, you needed to feel it. Now go tell Melani, what you learned.
Me: Why tell her, when I can show her… Won’t that get the point across more effectively?
Larry: Suit yourself, you are just going to be in more pain.
Me: I know, but I think Melanie and others need to really see why kicking isn’t going to work.
Now you are probably wondering why can’t I or you just kick your opponent in the side, head or anywhere with some major power to get them to release the ankle lock… Maybe, you think the guys I talked about just were trying to be nice or couldn’t pull it off…
I can promise you that last part isn’t the case.
Simply because when the ankle lock technique is applied correctly (notice, I said correctly), you might be able to do a kicking motion, you might even get a kick in… However, the power will not be there, because you will be in so much pain you can’t effectively do anything. Meaning your kick will be completely useless and probably any other attacks you may think of. Even pinching and the thumb drive didn’t work.
You don’t believe me? Okay fair enough… See for yourself! 😉
Proof kicking out of a properly applied ankle lock just doesn’t work:
So there you have it Melani and anyone else that has been curious of the same. 🙂
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