Sunday, April 13, 2008

Masukan Tangan

Masukan Tangan then, are the beginning of my answer to the dilemma of footwork being slower than hand attacks.

The reality is that footwork is slower than most people's hand attacks and once in range footwork is typically on a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio. As a result a good fighter will need some other way to respond to hand attacks. Most utilize blocking and parrying solely. Yet, the value of the Masukan Kaki lies within it's direct and often more aggressive nature. Considering that aspect then, you would also need something more than Tangkis or blocking to respond to an attackers hands in order to maintain that aggressive nature. Especially if you intend to own the timing of the conflict.

The answer from my perspective was to look at what works and what makes the foot entries effective on any level and expand that to a similar methodology for hands. This was done by looking at the silat systems I was studying at the time as well as my own experience, boxing, kalis, Arnis, kuntao, and other martial arts.

From that a methodology was born called Masukan Tangan and ultimately the beginning of viewing things quite differently from a martial arts perspective. The Masukan Tangan were quite different than other martial arts that I had seen at the time because they did not rely on blocking for the hands but were based on angulation through the use of Ales to put yourself in a position to strike the vulnerable areas of an opponent in real time - without blocking. As a result, you can conceivably steal the attackers timing and rhythm as your own and cause them to move from offense to defense within the span of time of a single attack.

In addition, with the use of the Ales you can create the necessary power to create a blow of sufficient force to incapacitate temporarily through the evastion AND leave yourself in close proximity to the attacker with a superior angle in most cases.


mgpierce said...

Selamat Guru.

I'm enjoying your blog and have come up with a question.

Regarding Masukan Kaki:

There are entries outside the lead leg, inside the lead leg, but what are your opinions or experiences with entries busting right through the lead leg?


(Congratulations Sterling!)

KiwiInOz said...

I've just recently come across your blog - interesting stuff.

The style I train in is Silat Bela Diri. It is an offshoot from Silat Perisai Diri - and is a result of my instructor seeking to refine SPD to make it more effective and current, essentially like your Masukan Tangan.

Right from the start students are trained that hard on soft and soft on hard is the approach. Consequently there are no hard blocks. Rather, the student is taught to change their angle away from the line of attack at the last minute using hip and core muscle action. Arms or legs are used to guard against being accidentally hit, but in essence there is no need to touch the attacker, other than a deflection if necessary or desired.

As the student progresses they learn to turn that defensive movement into a very rapid and devastating (if desired) counter attack.

It is absolutely about creating superior angles and opportunities.


SilatBlogger said...

Hello M. G.

Regarding busting through the leg, I think it depends on how you mean to do it.

If power is your only technique then you must Always have superior power, And your body will pay for that in the long run.

On the other hand, we have Masukan that address this when done well and that use structural means as much as power, and angle to complete the task. Masukan Lutut and then there's also Masukan Sepak.

SilatBlogger said...

Hello Kiwiinoz

It sounds like your instructor is on a good track. Thanks for visiting and reading the blog.

Guru Stark