If I wanted I could probably make these movements look prettier, but that wouldn’t make them better. I have spent a long time trying to fully understand the techniques and what is needed to apply them successfully and that is the intent and focus I bring to my solo practice.
This movement is a very common Shuai Jiao technique and has analogous throws in many other arts. It is often seen as simple technique, but it is not. The reason people see it as simple is that you can find success quickly against people of low skill. Pull to one side, stick your foot out and down they go. But, against people with just average or above skill the movement becomes less effective and when done poorly puts you in a dangerous position. It is for this reason I do not teach this movement until later in our curriculum. I do not train or teach people just to use techniques against low skill opponents.
Common mistakes include -Standing too tall and leaning back. “踢怕起“. Ti, a name for this technique, fears rising up. If you lean back into the throw and your opponent reacts by pushing up and into you then it might be you going down. -Pulling only with the arms. Power must come from the waist. If you only pull from your arms you won’t be as strong and you might pull them into you. Turning and using the waist is stronger and will allow you to open space for your opponent to fall. -Kicking across with the foot and placing the foot too high. Kicking across might be a judo influence, but the mechanics work differently. Kicking across will create lateral force one direction at the bottom, pulling laterally across at the top creates force in the other. In the Shuai Jiao version, the force from the top pulls them out, around and down. The foot is “captured” when it tries to lift and compensate. Foot should be at the ankle, too high and you block the opponent and are at risk of them seizing your leg. .
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