Earth (blade) - if you were holding your hand such that your thumb is on top, and grabbed a knife so that the point of the blade is pointing towards the earth (ground). Usually with the cutting edge away from your body. The blade is closer to your little finger.
Sky (blade) - just the opposite. the blade is closest to your thumb and the blade is pointing towards the sky. Again, the cutting edge is facing away from your body.
(started to list a bunch of other stuff, but it started to get complicated...lets just leave it at these two terms)
How about the tried and true followup of driving the knife down into the collarbone area and using the knife as a lever to put the guy on the ground. Taking at least a lung, major nerve centers and atreries with it?
Figured I'd check in. I've got a few years on and off with FMA and a little exposure to silat and kun tao as well.
I've really grown to favor a point-oriented system over the past year or so with short knives. For the 7"+ blades, and in particular the 9"+, the slashing/chopping methods work very well, IMO. With a big blade, disarming becomes quite the literal term!
For a short knife, whether in heaven (sak sak) or earth (pakal or pikal), I really like keeping the edge towards me. Any attempt to block the stab immediately is countered with a strike to the face or neck with the other hand, and the knife is forcefully ripped backwards, hopefully filleting the blocking arm. Then the stabbing commences again...
I never studied Filipino ?Indonesian styles,but much oif what you describe here is simililar o my own instruction/experience....Aslan;in the Sky position,atre you using your thumb to index the back of the blade&direct the point as part of the motion?
PS-I lke the whole limb destruction thing;its usually been among my favored discussuion enders. :dgrin:
I wouldn't index the blade simply because it sacrifices grip strength. I used to play more fast and loose with various grips, but having had the blade knocked out of my hand more than once while doing that has made me far more cautious.
My advice is to lock your thumb down as if you were gripping a hammer.
It's amazing how civil, how informative a thread can be when IT isn't polluting the thread with "look at me" posts. I'm hoping that I really am on ignore by him, and he's not just pretending this time.