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2. Simple physics
dictates that for parries, gripping with both hands, with one hand at each end
of the stick, is better than a two-handed grip at one end. However, the former
grips are not always possible. When they are, and after the parry has been
performed, the supporting hand must loosen its grip so that the leading hand can
slide the stick through and maneuver it as the situation requires.
3. Momentum is necessary for effective parries. It can be achieved by accelerating the motion of the stick as it travels toward its goal. One way this acceleration can be attained in one-hand parries is by initially resisting with the supporting hand the motion of the leading hand and then releasing the grip of the supporting hand. This creates a springlike "slingshot" action. Such spring-slash parries can pack a lot of power. In the description of the defensive techniques proper, numerous examples of parries are given which will further clarify some of the finer points. In general, the wrist must be bent as little as possible so that the stick is braced against the incoming blow.
Parry 1. Protects the
head and the shoulders. The stick is held above and slightly in front. of the
head, angling somewhat with the line of the shoulders. The far tip of the stick
is very slightly higher than the other (Fig. 13).
Parry 2. The stick held in the right hand, this protects the upper right quarter of the body. The stick is pointing up, and is held slightly toward the outside of the right arm so as to protect it from incoming blows. The right wrist is positioned so as to insure maximum bracing action; in other words, it is not bent and is in the same plane as the right forearm (Fig. 14).
Parry 4. Protects the
lower body and is a lower version of parry 1. The stick is held slightly above
and ahead of the forward knee (Fig. 16).
Parry 6. The same as
parry 2, but the stick is held to the left side, the right arm crossing the
body. This protects the upper left quarter (Fig. 18).
Circular Spring-Slash Parry. Assume guard 3, shoulders relaxed, stick held horizontally, one hand near each tip, palms facing the body. The left hand is in front of the right so that the stick points forward. Lift the right hand and drop the left bringing the stick almost to the vertical and to the right of your right elbow, palms facing the body. The left hand holds the stick between the thumb and the first two fingers. Slash forward using the right hand with an appropriate counterclockwise action of the wrist. Use the left hand to initially oppose that motion. This creates a "slingshot" action at the free end of the stick (Figs. 19-23).
Double Circular Parry. Twirl the stick so as to follow a figure-eight trajectory. The crossover point is in front of your chest and the loops are made on either side of the body. Keep the left arm folded so that it does not get in the way (Figs. 24-26).
Overhead Circular Parry. Keep several opponents at bay by twirling the stick above your head in a horizontal circle (Figs. 27-29). Retreat at the same time, as explained below under Stances and Footwork.
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