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Black Belt III
BLACK BELT THIRD DEGREE (BB III) A.S.P.. PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAM.
The purpose of the BB III A. S. P. program is training in the use of a select number of wrist and elbow controls (locks), throws and combinations. While these techniques may be used as such, they can also be combined with those of earlier programs in order to:
1. Force the opponent to give up
2. Control an opponent standing up, or on the ground.
The BB II A.S.P. program has prepared the student for learning to apply the controlling techniques which follow. The BB III techniques are first studied separately and then as applied to attacks of the BB I A.S.P. program. When this stage has been mastered, the student may use combinations of what he has learned so far in free sparring, which is the touchstone of effectiveness in A.S.P., as earlier stated. In practice or sparring, we should remember that the combinations needed for promotion to BB III A.S.P. are by no means cast in concrete. Teaching the student numerous combinations and possibilities leads only to confusion. Techniques and combinations thereof should be looked upon as stepping stones for developing fast reflexes, proper coordination, and a sense of motion correctness. Once he develops these attributes, the student may devise his own techniques and combinations, even for situations not previously encountered. This is really the ultimate goal in training.
This program goes also one step further in terms of throwing and kicking combinations and requires the knowledge of Comsek III. In the normal progression of A.S.P., the student is gradually trained to achieve higher levels of balance and coordination. At the BB III A.S.P. level this is accomplished with Comsek III, in which one stands on one leg and kicks with the other in all directions, without setting it down, except for the last jumping kick. Besides developing balance and coordination, Comsek III is an excellent exercise for those who wish to specialize in kickboxing.*
This program comprises the study of wrist controls that can be effectively used in a variety of situations. These are only ten, because it is best to learn a few very versatile and effective techniques to perfection rather than a great number superficially. To the ten wrist controls are added seven extended and bent elbow controls. Two new throws are also introduced and studied in combination with the throws of earlier programs. The selected throws are chosen in a sequence that requires increasing technical skills. The techniques and combinations of the BB III program, A.S.P., are now applied against the fifty common unarmed and armed attacks and kicks of the BB I program.
*Please refer to "KICKBOXING, A SAFE SPORT, A DEADLY
DEFENSE," by Dr. Evan S. Baltazzi, Charles E. Tuttle, Inc., publisher,
Rutland, VT, third printing, 1984.