My mentor,the late GM Dr.Guilermo Lengson told me,that there are three kinds of blocking or principles in blocking.
First- Force to Force , when an opponent delivers a blow you should block it with the same force or better, much force. To neutralize the attack. Meaning a attack force of 70 % ,a block should be 70% or 100% to control or neutralize the attack.
Second- Perpendicular to the force. You cut the opponent's attack force in half. Meaning, with a force of 100% you use only 50% force by blocking the cane in the center of the force.The most common form of blocking.
Third- With the force. With an attack of 90% force, you only use 10% of force in blocking. such as parry,slip,slide and guiding the cane, with your cane away from you.
And the fourth - the most difficult of them all, you don't block at all. How to do it? by moving away from the line of attack, dodging, side stepping, stepping back or stepping forward with speed,right timing, and knowing when and where your opponent will hit you. How again? You force your opponent to attack in the way you want him to. You lead him on. This takes a lot of internalization and can only be honed or acquired through years of experience.
I simply want to share this knowledge to my fellow Arnisadores, for them to understand the importance of blocking. Most of the time we usually attack, instead of, blocking our opponent's attacks.That is what I often see, in most of our tournaments. In true to life situations, Nobody will win, and even if we do, we'll surely sustain major injuries. There are also three kinds of attackers, but that is another story... How do you apply your blocking techniques?
Yours truly, Sony P. Sy PALIS SAGASA ARNIS PILLION
I would like to say this is one of the best explanations I have read in years, This is why I have re-posted and hope that all of you read it, think about it and comment on it! Mataw Guro Marc