Candlestick blocks

Discussion in 'Balintawak' started by yomitche, Jul 26, 2008.

  1. yomitche

    yomitche New Member

    Hey all. I watched this video linked in the General Topics area, posted by member Brock:

    I noticed that GM Max Pallen successfully blocked several of his opponent's strikes with what appeared similar to candlestick blocks. Unlike many other stick fighting videos available (either online or through commercial productions), in which very few or no blocks are attempted, it was enlightening to see the effectiveness of these techniques in an "aggressive" confrontation.

    It is not uncommon to see examples of "entering blocks" (to refer to the term the Dog Brothers use for entering into closer ranges with either Roof or Wing blocks; I am linking the term with the Dog Brothers in part because this is a Dog Brothers event) and attempts to Follow-the-force (rather than outright blocking), but there rarely seem to be many video instances of actual blocks against attacks. Of course I am only analyzing a limited aspect of the video's content. Nonetheless, it seems that many sparring matches turn into complete swing fests, with no concept of blocking, relying more on body mechanics and positioning to avoid strikes. This video provided a sample of blocks that were effective against an aggresive opponent.

    I thought it was cool to see an example of not only a succesful blocking style but one that is arguably similar, in this video at least, to a candlestick block. The similarity between some of the the blocks in this video and Balintawak's candlestick blocks may be easy to gloss over but I think is relevant in our practice and shows how techniques from various styles react with each other.
  2. Brock

    Brock Asha'man

    GM Pallen's the best I've seen at that type of blocking. He calls it Shielding. It's almost as if he's holding a wall in front of him instead of a stick.
  3. lhommedieu

    lhommedieu Senior Member


    A perfect example of a block/counter can be seen at 02:30.


  4. Robert Klampfer

    Robert Klampfer New Member

    As well as a perfect example of poor defense by his opponent, who dropped both arms on his way out, leaving his head completely exposed. Max's block let him stay in range and capitalize on his opponent's mistake.
  5. Brock

    Brock Asha'man

    Isn't that exactly the reason to use blocking ?:biggrinbo

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