Shinden-ryu Tricks 8-10

Trick 8: (Attack: Right step, right body strike)
1. Right walking step, pivot left 90, left cobra block, prepare right back fist
2. Switch cobra block to wrist grab, right back fist to head
3. Pivot 45 toward attacker. Rising elbow to chin, wheel arm to right back fist to groin, restrain attacker’s chambered left fist

Trick 9: (Attack: Arms at sides, left step, left shirt grab)
1. Right foot back to horse stance, grab wrist (pressure point thumb on palm), hyper-extend pinky and ring finger.
(Attacker: Signal tap right leg, right step, right middle punch)
2. Pivot left 90 to left long stance, right back fist nerve strike to elbow
3. Pivot 90 toward attacker, shuffle walking stance, left palm block (attacker’s arm), right back fist (or bullet fist) to temple

Trick 10: (Attack: Right middle punch)
1. Left long stance 45 degrees, right open-hand middle block, left on chamber
2. Right step to horse stance (right foot behind attacker’s right foot). Right palm to groin, right palm to chin.
3. Left step up, left palm strike to right shoulder (turning attacker toward you). Right foot back to left fighting stance

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