Open Hand Blocks

NOTES for Open Hand Blocks 1


OFFENSE
First sequence
1. R. upper-cut to face
2. L. straight punch to solar plexus
3. R. slap to left side of head
4. L. grab to right ear
5. R. inside hammer fist to ribs
6. L. vertical ridge hand to groin
7. R. palm strike to ribs
8. L. upper cut to solar plexus
9. R. Straight punch to solar plexus
Second sequence: Repeat 1-9 with left and right reversed.
DEFENSE
First sequence: left hand
1. High block (palm forward)
2. Palm block down
3. Back hand right ear
4. Palm block left ear
5. Crane block (wrist block) right ribs
6. Sweeping groin block (knife hand)
7. Sweeping rib block (ridge hand)
8. Trap and drag right
9. Middle block
Second sequence: right hand repeat 1-9

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