The [Female Dog] Slap as a Weapon
When I studied Jeet kune Do with Tim Evans Sensei, he taught us the “wallop,” a weapon of JKD. The wallop is in essence a bitchslap. You might think that the slap is a sissy weapon. Not so. Just a couple of wallops on the focus mitt will convince you of the move’s power.
I taught a friend of mine the wallop. One day at work some guy was harassing him, so he let go with the slap. He knocked the guy backwards on his butt. He was so rattled that the fight was slapped right out of him.
In knife defense a slap can be used to set up the disarm. Rather than wade in and try to grab the arm or disarm a knife wielder, a slap stuns the opponent, creating an opening that can be exploited. Master Ed Planas excels at this technique., where the slapping hand slides along the arm to help with a disarm (or redirecting the knife into your own gut).
The slap also has the advantage of not damaging your knuckles. Few people imagine how easy it is to break or screw up your knuckles on someone’s skull.
In delivering the wallop, it follows the same path as the hook, and the mechanics are the same. The contact point is not the fingers, but the center, or the hollow, of the palm. When you practice on a focus mitt, you will hear a resounding “thwap” when you execute the wallop correctly –you’ll also be able to immediately identify the weak slapping sound of someone who is hitting incorrectly.