Its a hot day and we drank Coke instead of hot coffee.
I mentioned to my student that holding the plastic cup is also a way to train Taiji principles. I asked him to try squeezing his cup the way he was holding it and to try it my way next. He found that he can squeeze harder.
After emptying the Coke can I asked my student to try crushing it but he couldn’t squeeze it all the way. So I showed him the Segovia secret and whatdaya know with one move he squeezed the can flat.
For a person with strong fingers squeezing a Coke can is no problem. The point here is not so much about the finger strength but the way the fingers are positioned so that they can be used for Chin Na applications especially for capturing, trapping and applying force on the opponent’s hand and wrist.
I mentioned this to my student because during the course of training today there were two occasions whereby he created his own Chin Na trap. The first was when he tried to escape a sealing movement by rotating his elbow only to find that at the end of the turn his wrist became locked and the pain caused him to kneel down.
The second time was when he tried to pull his arm back to escape an elbow lock only to find his wrist suddenly walking into a wrist lock that put him on the ground.
So if he can understand the principle of holding the plastic cup and squeezing the Coke can his Chin Na should improve subsequently.