Use Your Head: Part 2

23 Oct

Posting the rest of the pictures and captions which never made it into my recent Black Belt Magazine story, “Use Your Head: Clinch Fighting in Burmese Martial Arts.”

PHOTOS (Courtesy of Michael Stewart, featuring Phil Dunlap and Pat Albani):

figure 3a – In a collar and elbow tie-up, Dunlap keeps his head tight to the opponent’s head to prevent being butted


figure 3b – He then rakes his head to the right, across the opponent’s face


figure 3c – Creating space for himself while maintaining control of the opponent’s head


figure 3d – And then driving his head forward into the opponent’s face


figure 4a – Again in a tight collar and elbow clinch


figure 4b – Dunlap (here on the left) releases his right hand from the opponent’s neck, raising it up


figure 4c – And bringing it down across the opponent’s face in a door knocker strike


figure 4d – With the opponent stunned, Dunlap drives forward with a headbutt


figure 5a – From the collar and elbow clinch


figure 5b – Dunlap (left) drops down so his head is lower than his opponent’s head


figure 5c – He then raises up driving the top of his forehead up into the opponent’s chin


figure 6a – As a counter against the two-handed head clinch, Dunlap (left)


figure 6b – Allows himself to be pulled forward driving the upper part of his forehead into the hollow of his opponent’s cheek below the cheekbone


figure 7a – In a clinch, Dunlap (left) positions himself so his lead leg is located between the opponent’s legs


figure 7b – He then lifts his leg straight up so the instep of his foot is raised up between the opponent’s legs and into his groin


figure 8a – To protect his own groin, Dunlap (here on the right) stands in a relatively narrow stance with his hips turned slightly to the outside


figure 8b – When his opponent attempts to kick at the groin, Dunlap shifts his lead knee inward a small bit and the opponent cannot find space to slip a kick in between Dunlap’s legs



One Response to “Use Your Head: Part 2”

  1. Roger October 23, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    That technique saved me a lot of pain when I finally mastered it.

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