Independent hands Part 2

Independent hands: Part 2

Building Independence for double Balisong work. Last week I talked about how to get your dominant hand to teach your secondary hand (or bad hand) how to open and close a balisong….. and the advantages of that method.

Now I’d like to continue and build on that thought with the disadvantages, and the workarounds.

The disadvantages
This whole “dominant teaches secondary” thing ends up (later in your Balisong studies) becoming an inter-dependant “bad habit”. You don’t necessarily have to completely break yourself of it, but you do have to learn to get it out of your subconscious when necessary.

In actual double Bali applications, the last thing you want is for both hands to execute the same thing at the same time.

Try looking at it this way
Think of a Boxer in the ring. He never throws both hands at the same time in the same direction (unless pushing away). Theres a very good reason for that. He can get more punches in per second using combinations of left followed by right, than he can throwing left and right at the same time……… pretty simple. Couple that with the fact that, if one misses the other is coming right behind it (and from a different direction), and you have a pretty solid strategy.

This same strategy should apply to your use of the double Balis, especially if you’re talking about self defense situations.

Here’s the drill
~ Dominant hand starts with the Horizontal basic succession as mentioned in the exercise above. Keep the motion going.

~ Secondary hand jumps in at any time and executes a succession of Windmill openings & closings at the same time.

Continue this way for awhile, then switch hand techniques, so dominant hand is executing Windmills, and secondary hand is executing Horizontals.

This is the basic premise, and should be added upon with different combinations as you get more comfortable.

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