A Trapping Exploration with the Cross Grab

May 11, 2018

Lin Lop Sao (LLS), the Cross Grabbing Hand (1) for our purpose here, is the 3rd stage of trapping development and a HIA-Hand Immobilization Attack (2) expanded from the fundamentals of Pak Sao and Lop Sao (3) (Slapping and Grabbing Hands.)

 

By some definitions Trapping aka HIA, “Refers to an attacking action which momentarily immobilizes either one or both of the opponent’s arms, allowing your final hit to score in an open line, or drawing a reaction which can be countered either with another trap or by shifting into another aspect such as punching, grappling, etc.” (4)

 

Another great piece of trapping information to remember is; that an “Arm is a Barrier.” Whether they punch at us, we block or they block our punch, the action of us trapping is Barrier Removal. (5) Each intercept of an opponent’s strike becomes a barrier to remove and to control until both of the opponents arms are controlled (Pinned) and we’ve struck the opponent on that open line.

 

Ok, without trying to waiver in any particular direction, let me communicate this to you from the classroom mentality and as you move forward. ‘You’ must tune it, stroke it and polish your traps up for your use. Your speed and timing will develop with time, as well as your overall sensitivity and confidence.

 

First, you can step by step, statically develop it (LLS) through trapping drills, first by establishing a static ‘Reference Point’ and then practicing. It’s a good thing and necessary. You can also pick up your reference point(s), once understood, by intercepting an opponent’s attack, thus flowing from movement. That’s the Golden Rule. The benefits are enormous.

 

Our progression will begin with the Pak Sao drill followed by a Lop Sao drill and finally Lin-Lop Sao. The Lin Lop Sao is a Pak Sao first, followed by a Lop Sao of the opponents blocking hand and arm. Understand the development progression?

 

Those ‘Reference Points’ are defined by the ways in which our arms come in contact with the opponents arms. There are several points of contact. The single and double contacts are:

 

Single Point of Contact, (1) each

Right Arm- Inside to Inside, Outside to Outside, 1-2

Left Arm- Inside to Inside, Outside to Outside, 3-4

Left Arm to Right Arm- Outside to Inside, Inside to Outside, 5-6

Right Arm to Left Arm- Outside to Inside, Inside to Outside, 7-8

 

Double Points of Contact, (2) each

Double Insides to Outsides, 9-10

Double Outsides to Insides, 11-12

Inside on one and Outside on the other, 13-14

Outside on one, Inside on the other, 15-16

Here are a few examples of Double Points of Contact Attachment:

For purposes of the article and the training herein, our ‘Reference Point’ will be back of the right forearm to the back of the opponent’s right forearm, (Outside to Outside, #2) touching midway up the forearm and with our hands up. Imagine a Rising Block intercepting a Jab because that’s our example.

 

‘The Pak Sao’,

  • Person 1, throws out a Right Hand Straight Jab (6)

  • Person 2, raises their Right Arm to block (Establishes Reference Point)

  • Then, Person 1, slaps/pushes and pressing the opponents forearm at the elbow or slightly above, moving the opponents complete arm diagonally down and across and into their body.

  • As their arm begins to move downward, at the point of release, Person 1 fires their right hand punch towards the opponent. Don’t let the Left Hand Trap go without replacing it unless you have good reason. Reset.

  • Also, don’t pull your hand back to punch during the Trap/Barrier Removal. Fire your punch from the point of original contact. It’s efficient and much faster to the target.

Person 2, Repeats the previous actions. Reset.

 

‘The Lop Sao’,

  • Person 1, throws out a Right Hand Straight Jab (6)

  • Person 2, raises their Right Arm to block (Establishes Reference Point)

  • Person 1, then rolls their right wrist outward to grab the opponents arm or wrist and pulls their wrist to their hip and punches with their left hand, over the top of the right arm towards the opponent.

Person 2, Repeats the previous actions. Reset.

 

‘The Lin Lop Sao’

A.        Person 1, throws out a Right Hand Straight Jab (6)

B.        Person 2, raises their Right Arm to block (Establishes Reference Point)

C.        Then, Person 1, slaps/pushes and presses (Pak Sao) the opponents forearm at the elbow or slightly above, moving the opponents complete arm diagonally down and across and into their body.

D.        As their arm begins to move downward, at the Point of Release (7), Person 1 fires their right hand punch towards the opponent. Don’t let the Right Hand Trap go without replacing it unless you have good reason.

E.         Person 2 blocks using their left hand in a Parry action

F.         Person 1 reaches under their own arm to grab the opponent’s blocking hand.

G.        Person 1, pulls the opponents wrist towards their hip, twisting slightly and punching through and across the triceps and shoulder on the way to the target.

 

                                                           The Lin Lop Sao Sequence

Removing the Barrier isn’t just for the initiator of an attack. As Warriors we need to be aware of taking back the advantage after our intercepting block. As soon as you touch, remove the barrier yourself and strike and gain control.

 

Barrier Removal and the Traps are for You not them. You train to take advantage of these reference points. Train to get back in control of the opponent, the situation and by controlling and pinning their arms to deliver your strike.

 

Some advantages and truths of Lin Lop Sao include but are not limited to; the zoning from side to side it creates, learning to deal with the opponents defenses and flow with trapping sequences.

 

  1. http://www.fightscope.com/jkd/terminology/

  2. Tao of Jeet Kune Do, Bruce Lee, Black Belt Communications, 2011

  3. http://www.fightscope.com/jkd/terminology/

  4. http://jkdlibrary.com/jkd-trapping-hand-immobilization/110/ ,Tim Tackett

  5. Comtech Trapping, Vol. 1 (Video Series), James Keating

  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jab, Straight Jab

  7. Point of Release- The moment your attached arm separates from the opponents arm, as it’s driven downward during the Pak Sao trap

 

Special Thanks to friend and student Vicente’ Vasquez for his assistance.

 

 

 

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