The Handle whip strike.

The Handle Whip………….. another good way to strike with the Balisong.

You might have also heard this technique referred to as the “Handle flail”. Whatever you call it, it can be a very effective striking technique under the right circumstances.

What it is…….
The technique basically consists of holding the safe handle (usually), and then “whip striking” with the opposite handle. Think of it this way, hold your Bali as if you were going to execute a Horizontal basic opening. Whip the other handle out so it ricochets off the back of your hand, then forward again until it ricochets off of your fingertips. Keep it going back and forth. Torque your wrist into the move to increase the power.

Now imagine the potential striking possibilities with that flailing handle. The handle strikes in one direction, the back of the blade in the other direction.

Keep in mind that the technique itself is more of a “stunning” technique, so targeting the proper area is crucial to it’s successful use. Simply put, areas with thick muscle or tissue (fat and skin) should be avoided.

Some good target areas on the lower body include: the back of the hand and knuckles, the elbow, the knee cap (NOTE: all “bone” targets).

On the head you have: The temple (last resort shot), the jaw hinge (just below the earlobe), the forehead (downward), and the back of the skull.

But the one that I consider THE most effective is…….. under the chin from below. If you’ve ever been hit under the chin (upward) then you already know why I call it THE most effective. Aside from the results, it’s also good because the strike travels up the attackers center line, and usually goes unseen. It can also be done effectively while “side stepping”.

Important things to remember:
~ The Balisong will ricochet back against your hand after contact. Be ready! It can work FOR you by popping you directly into the open ready position, or it can work AGAINST you by causing a drop.

~ Timing. Try to time the strike so that the handles are pointing directly opposite each other. That will insure the most power.

~ Make sure your fingers wrap to cover the handle you’re holding. If you don’t, the Balisong will definitely be “jarred” out of your hand.

~ Follow through. Let the motion of your arm or hand continue through the strike for added power. This will also help to set you up for your next move.

Unfortunately, the power in these techniques can only be practiced on inanimate objects. Practice on humans (especially to the head) should NEVER be attempted. Focusing on a specific target area when working on this will have you ready if and when you ever need to use it. Lets just hope you never have to.

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