a. The salesman will not let me leave the car lot.
b. I am introducing myself to my daughter's new boyfriend...
c. I have been kidnapped by a mob of multi-level marketing geeks "You seem like a sharp guy!"
d. They acted friendly -- but the handshake was a ploy to hold me there for their next attack.
e. My name is Bond, James Bond. I am licensed to kill.
f. American Kenpo has half a dozen techniques against the dreaded handshake... so Five Animal Kenpo decided it needed to have one just to be complete.
g. ALL OF THE ABOVE.
I pull my right hand to my right hip while checking their right elbow with my left palm while delivering a right crossing stomp to the interior of their right knee. I plant forward with my right foot into a transitional twist stance and attack the interior of their left knee with my left side kick while I press down on their elbow joint with a left push down block action. After the side kick I adjust my footwork to support my continued arm bar (via the continued pressure from the pushdown block on their elbow) until I bring them to the ground. I stomp (if needed) and cover out. The attacking animal is a snake (constrictor) and the controlling animal is also a snake.
Lesson One: Counter control manipulation. I use their grabbing hand as a point to establish my own control over their position. The pulling of the hand back towards my right hip gets their weight forward exposing them to my cross stomp to their right knee. My left palm to their elbow gives me a check and an additional point of control. As the technique progresses, I use this control point (right hand at hip and left palm on their elbow) to further collapse their structure.
Lesson Two: Cross checking. By kicking their right knee with my right cross stomping kick (and then again on the next move when my left side kick attacks their left knee) I accomplish a check that occupies the zone between us with a diagonal line. This "cross check" protects me against the leg I am kicking but also against the leg that is not targeted. In contrast if I kicked the leg directly across from me (i.e. my right kick to their left knee) then a greater chance exists that they might also kick me in my support leg or groin with their free leg. Sometimes this may happen as a reaction or even purely as coincidence of timing. Either way, the cross check keeps me safer.
Lesson Three: Marriage of gravity. Every move in this technique from beginning to end makes use of marriage of gravity -- using the dropping of our body weight to add power to our strike or control. Marriage of gravity helps power each of the two kicks we deliver and the arm control we apply.
Methods of Drill:
1. Expand the application of this technique to other frontal attacks (grabs and strikes).
2. Apply this technique when struggling for possession of a weapon (club for example) to take control of the "tug of war" that began.
3. Drill the cross stomping kick and side kick on a heavy bag or hand held kicking shield.
WHAT IS IN A NAME? "Gift" is code in kenpo for "handshake." Perhaps because friendship is a gift? Maybe it is because you "give" someone a handshake. Originally the handshake was a way of showing "I am unarmed" making this technique's existence a bit of irony. We "accept the gift" because we receive their handshake attack and make it use of it as a control point to manipulate their position.