Last night at Kung Fu we learned a unique block. An attacker moves to kick you in the chest with a roundhouse. You take your closest elbow, arm pointing to the ground, and in one motion turn it away from your body and then twist your hand like you were opening a jar of pickles.*
When you twist your arm like this, your radius slams against your attacker’s shin.
The pain delivered to the attacker is Intense.
As an example of this pain the head instructor asked me to kick him in the chest so he could demonstrate the move. I performed a simple roundhouse. He performed the block.
I reared away in pain! It was brutal!
One of the other students asked a question about the technique, so the instructor asked me to kick him again.
And I couldn’t do it. After one kick I had already been conditioned to believe that kicking him lead to extreme pain. I brought my leg up and performed the most pansy kick you could ever imagine. It was pathetic.
If anyone is interested in learning this move, I’ll be happy to share. It’s pretty simple, and quite effective.
*the pickle analogy is right on. In fact, they use it to explain the move in class.
UPDATE: Ryan made the astute observation that if you’re performing the move with your LEFT arm, you’d actually be tightening the pickle jar.