What Makes a Poser of the Week?
I had a reader say that he didn’t get the Poser of the Week I posted. After all, a stance was just a starting point.
As I thought about it, I realized that I haven’t explained what makes a Poser of the Week. To me it is obvious that the pose is ridiculous and will not work for real combat. Some readers are able to see the weaknesses of the poser stances. But other readers may not understand the criteria I use to judge an unrealistic stance.
Why does a stance matter? I remember showing my teacher, GM Maranga, an advertisement of two Balintawak “masters” taken from the local newspaper. GM Maranga took one look at the photo of those masters and said, “In that stance you’re already a dead man.”
Many of the posers I feature may not realize it, but in those poses they are “dead men walking.” A stance either enables you to move, to defend, and to attack, or it stands in the way. If your stance is in the way of instantaneous movement, defense, and attack, you are cutting your own throat.
1.) Do NOT Cross Yourself Up. This was a lesson drummed into me by my teacher Guro Ed Planas, who was also a student of GM Estalilla. We used to do knife techniques and counter-for-counter drills, and every time I crossed my arms or hands Guro Planas would gut me in an instant. When you cross your legs, you limit your mobility. It is easy for an opponent to check or strike one arm or weapon and trap both of your arms.
With crossed arms you must uncross them in order to strike. The effective fighter strikes in one count -BAM! The ineffective fighter strikes in two counts -uncross, whap.