General Principles of Throwing Techniques

General Principles of Throwing Techniques – Villasin Balintawak Eskrima

Thursday, November 18, 2004

General Principles of Throwing Techniques – Villasin Balintawak Eskrima

by Dom Lopez
Here are my general principles for throwing and takedown techniques:
1. Throws can be effected either in the defensive or offensive role.
2. The throw is facilitated by preceding it with a hit the eye (stunning him) or by immediately keeping the opponent off-balanced at the moment of contact.
3. Keep opponent off-balance by either pushing towards his center (face if feasible) or pulling towards the hip.
4. When holding opponents wrist, use only the first 3 fingers (thumb, index, middle).
5. Throws generally are done with 2 hands that are moving in opposite directions to each other (scissors action).
6. Keep elbows at shoulder width (do not flare them out from body). When the throw is being done, bring the elbows towards each other. This is called the compression or tightening maneuver.
7. The target point of the throwing hand is either towards the front of the lead foot or between the feet.
8. Although the hand is the lever in the dynamics of the throw. The power should come from the rotation and the bending of the body.
9. If the throw is not incapitating to the opponent in view of his ability to fall hang on to his extremity and apply a hard pull and execute a disabling strike.
10. If the lever hand is blocked, use an elbow ride or slipping in technique to proceed with the throw.
11. The most effective throw is the head throw, if you can control your opponents head you control his entire body.