Your Balisong is talkin’ to ya’. Listen to what it has to say.
Years ago, while studying Tang Soo Do, I was taught that techniques should be executed perfectly during practice sessions. The reason given was, in a self defense situation, when adrenaline and confusion take over the moment, your techniques will certainly suffer.
The idea of repetitive practice methods is, to make your technique execution a sub-conscious thing. If you have to think first when attacked, it’s too late.
And so it goes. The more perfection you demand from yourself in your practice, the better the techniques will be when needed. I’m a firm believer in this, and live by it.
Getting to the point:
I know what your thinking ……..”What does any of that have to do with a talking Balisong?”
Well, the sound your Balisong makes, is a good indicator of what is going on with your execution. When manipulating to the full open or full closed positions, the sound should be one clear, crisp, clean, ……..”Clunk”.
Allow me to elaborate.
Go through a little freestyle routine of your own. Really listen closely to all the “stop” points, where you hit full Open or Closed. Chances are there will be more than a few times when your finger tips will get in the way, even if only slightly………… blocking that beautiful sounding “Clunk”. That’s usually an indicator of a less than perfect technique.
Don’t take this the wrong way……. there WILL times when you’ll want a muffled or even silent opening……. but I’m talking about general practice methods right now.
Getting your finger tips out of the way is at times difficult to do, especially during grip transitions.
The Thumb pressure grip for example, is done by pushing the handle (with the thumb) against the bottom knuckle of the index finger. All other fingers should straighten out completely, to get out of the way. If not, no “clunk”.
The Knuckle pinch grip, is just a matter of wrapping your fingers around a handle from bottom knuckle around to the tips. The tips are what holds the handle in place and allows for the thumb to be removed. The tips however are usually what block the handle when coming into position……. and again, no “clunk”.
Pay close attention to your grips while practicing. Try to get them as perfect as possible, or work in them until they are. It should sound as if you Balisong is doing everything on it’s own, without connection to your hands. Can you picture that?
Your Balisong is talking…….are you listening?