Dave’s Details Ep. 6 – Downward block – Matrix MA LE3


how’re we doing guys, welcome back to Dave’s details for the matrix martial arts YouTube channel and today we’re moving on into some of our
syllabus stuff. So the first one we’re going to do today is details for download block. Now
we teach downward block to all our main syllabus guys and I teach it to all
the little dragons guys and just with a few key differences Most of the key differences are footwork, sometimes some of the footwork for downward block can be a bit tricky for the little 3½-6’s. That’s just the way it goes. So, for little dragons, when we teach them, when they’re literally on first belt, as soon as they’re white belt they start learning downward block. So they lean to go step, arm,step, arm, step, arm. I make them do them in 3’s of 5’s something like that then they stand up,
they turn around and they do three or five the other way. *some mumbling, nothing too important* then they just go backward & forwards. That’s it. Keep their life really, really simple Just to get the idea that arm moves with foot. That’s all I care about for dragons, it’s a long time before they will be tested on a full downward block (i.e. in the main syllabus for the 7 & ups) So we just get the fundamentals in. So they get the pacing, they understand the footwork, then they do a couple of grades, and they learn downward block, upward block, front kick and back kick. In a very, very basic form and they play all the little dragon games and stuff then and when they go to the green strike within our dragon syllabus at 5 grades in, we start teaching them to be a little bit neater for that fold, trying to tuck this back hand back, but most importantly is starting with their left. Almost everything we do in our syllabus is left foot first. We go left guard, left foot in to our blocks, all patterns that we do, right into the Dan grades are always left foot move first yeah. Literally at fourth Dan when you learn chun-hyang is a right foot first. Everything else is left. Left, left, left, left. It never changes. So when they then move up into a main
syllabus classes and do a full downward block we’re just going to add those little
details yeah hopefully by that time they’ve understood that they need to do this and at some point they’re gonna need to turn round So the details. Things we’re looking for. Once they start in their Chum-Bi Blocking hand will be their left and their left foot will go first, left hand tucks up onto the shoulder. Arm that’s in the Chum-Bi that stays still, they want to be elbow to elbow. We’re trying to avoid people just going like
that. Because eventually they will need to make sure we’ve got
this kind of push one action, one arm in one arm out so that hand comes up
the chum-bi arm stays where it is. Stepping forward with their left and then down to there.
Now downward block we learn in a front stance it’s also the first block that they do in their first pattern, in Chon-Ji. Errr, if you need to look at details the front stances the video for that is already on YouTube, go find it, I’m not going through the whole front stance video again 🙂 But, just remember – front foot forward, back foot angled. Front knee above ankle, back leg straight, square hips, stance
shoulder-width apart. yes we’re not angled, we’re not buckled, we’re not on one, we’re not super wide. Yeah….it creates too many balance issues. So when you’re doing this block, it comes up into this fold, down into the block and they swap. and that back hand that’s not doing the block tucks back, roughly onto my bottom rib, making sure it’s above my belt It’s not up here in my armpit, it’s not just sort of next to my leg, it’s neat & tucked away, ready for the next one. Downward block, there is a gap between leg & hand. It doesn’t sit on top. I’m not going *splat* and just having it “resting” there. It’s in a neat shape, slightly soft elbow, we’re trying to completely lock these out or anything. Quite a bit of detail considering it’s the first block, but they learn it over a couple of grades, neaten it up and are drip-fed it bit by bit. So all in all, it’ll go BIG fold into that step, correct stance and then whip in…BANG. Front hand down other hand back nice and neat. When you learn it when they learn it you do it in three steps. Fold it, Step it Block it. Then the same for the next one. Fold it, step it, block it. As they go up the grades heading towards the intermediate level into the middle of our syllabus we like to make sure they’ve got the idea of it being a little bit cleaner. So the first one goes fold, block and trying to get the block to come down as the foot kinda has traction and then when they do the fold after it they’ll fold up, they’ll get this high as that back foot starts coming forwards. Ok, so rather than going fold, step, block. Yeah, they sort of go fold & step…. then snapping it down at the end. So taking it from
being three parts to being the movement and the strong block at the end. That’s
all we need. So all we’re doing is, we’re going whole fold, all ready for the first one from your Chum-Bi
BAM and then when you move forwards into your fold…*boff*…down as you hit the floor we try to
avoid people doing it as a 2-step. So they go, nice fold, it’s all lovely… too late, it’s too late. Something’s coming you’re way (is the idea) something’s coming towards your belly, toward’s your stomach. That downward block has got to scoop it as you land. if you go, *big step* and you’re still in your fold position *ugh* it’s hit you, it’s too late So you’re moving forwards, that’s the job. As soon as you’ve got traction, you’re down at the floor, your toes are about to land, it wants to start it’s movement. Every time you step Up Down Whole body whips in, that hand that back hand whips back trying to control your shoulders, control your hips. Otherwise, we end up with this business. we end up with this business. Yeah that. You’ve got one on flinging out
or people scoop it wide depending on how people are standing or landing. That one in,
one out action keeps people on track, keep people neat. easy peasy. Now, again dragons, little dragons – you learn it
as one,etc hopefully using your left, doing you best okay we’re not expecting this from the four-year-olds obviously. When you get to your threes or fives you stop you, stand up tall you turn around and you start again. 1 2 3 4 5, lovely. stand up, turn around and you’re off again. When you’re in the
main syllabus so we have to teach you the traditional turn or formal turn should I say. So, 1’s 2’s 3’s and then, when you do your twist…back foot long way
across again we want in as few movements as possible okay so we’ve got our guys
to get their fold ready foot goes long way doesn’t come together yeah. So we’re not getting them to do this. We’re getting them to do that. This goes from this line all the way to this line so when they twist, they twist into their stance, we’re not having them going and putting in
extra steps, way too much work. Don’t need it. So, one two third block lovely, they’re in their stance their block is looking good, turn. Get it ready, foot goes
long way as it spins round the block got to come out. Got to go all the way round and then whips into place. As the stance locks into place Now I’m going to do that from the side, so you get the idea. So that way, 1, 2, 3rd block, BAM. Get it all ready, foot, as I whip the hips round, get the shoulders round, the block comes out with it. Same idea as going traction, Bang. This goes turn,Bang. It’s got to happen at the end of my hip movement effectively. I don’t want to be in stance and then block. Same as we don’t want to be full turn…and then block. Because any momentum, power and speed that’s generated from turning the hips or getting my hips into place on the blocks is then lost for
power in the block and then I’m just relying on arms it wants to be a full body movement. They’ve got the idea that the blocks aren’t just about sticking
hands in the right place and being very robotic about it. The hips have got to do a little bit of work. Your torso, your shoulders, chest have to whip in a little bit, do a little bit of work. and you’ve got to have your good stance, so you’re stable, hence why i mentioned about narrow stances early in the video. If your stance is narrow and you’re trying to get a good block, your weight can go anywhere. Then you’ll be wobbling and falling over. So for it, all the way up, be strong. Strong stance put that whip into your blocks every time. pick it up, turn your shoulder in and snap
into place. Real fast, but control your end bit.
Got to control the end bit. It’s not…oooh it missed, yeah. It sticks within your (roughly) your stance
width okay. it stays within its box. same for the turn, come across, whip the block into place in that stance. Get it all ready, comes across & *whap* it meets where my leg’s put. It doesn’t go foot, twist and off over there. Gotta keep it neat. Now, considering that’s only one technique, that’s a reasonable amount of detail to take in, I’ve waffled on quite a bit about that. But again, I’m going up to the level we looking at in our level threes. people in our browns to blacks, or browns heading towards black belt shall we say. Above black belt should know all that but that’s what these videos
are for they called Dave’s details because I want to be as detailed as possible okay.
so thank you very much watch this, if you haven’t watched it, then you don’t know about it, so don’t worry about it 🙂 Thank you very much & see you next time 🙂 Bye.

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