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In the photo to the left Glen demonstrates the basic stance for the Rince an Bhata Uisce Bheatha stick fighting style. The style is based on boxing and note the similarity of this stance to a boxer's stance. The bata is held evenly in both hands !"st above sho"lder height and level to the gro"nd. #ach hand is placed approximately a third of the $ay do$n from its respective end of the stick. This allo$s the stick fighter to stick p"nch effectively $ith either hand at any time. %U&G 'U ()#RT**+ Glen's foot,leg placement of his starting stance is similar to the horse stance in %"ng '". -o$ever the traditional Rince an Bhata Uisce Bheatha stance is act"ally more similar to a boxer's. (lso note that Glen holds his hands slightly lo$er than a typical Rince an Bhata Uisce Bheatha fighter $o"ld. .liver's stance in the photo belo$ is closer to the traditional stance. In general all of the foot$ork in the Rince an Bhata Uisce Bheatha style closely resembles the foot$ork in boxing.
.liver /ost and Glen 0oyle s1"are off
2'or photo p"rposes the distance bet$een the t$o fighters is closer than "s"al3
The Stick 4"nch+ )ong5Range
Similar to a boxer's p"nch or !ab the long5range stick p"nch is exec"ted in one s$ift contin"o"s po$erf"l motion. (s sho$n in the photo se1"ence belo$ it can be exec"ted $ith either hand. The non5p"nching hand releases its grip on the stick $hile the p"nching hand snaps the stick o"t$ards and immediately ret"rns it to the starting position all $ithin a split second. 6hen looking at the photos belo$ keep in mind that Glen is a so"thpa$ so his strongest stick p"nch is from his left hand. Therefore those familiar $ith the one5handed grip Irish stick fighting style $o"ld expect that Glen $o"ld hold the bata in the opposite $ay so that the knobbed end $o"ld strike his opponent $hen he stick p"nches $ith his left hand. -o$ever in the Uisce style the knob end is more important for disarming and other techni1"es rather than for striking an opponent. This $ill be explained more in the pages that follo$. 7lick on any of the photos belo$ to see an enlarged version.
8. Starting position. Both hands are spaced evenly on the bata so that a stick p"nch can be exec"ted by either hand at any time.
9. Glen sim"ltaneo"sly snaps his bata o"t$ard $ith his $rist $hile thr"sting his arm o"t$ard. It's an entire body move that gives the stick p"nch a lot of po$er. The bata act"ally hits the back of Glen's forearm. This both aids in the control of the bata and facilitates the ret"rn of the bata to the starting position.
:. Glen 1"ickly ret"rns the bata and his body back to the starting position. The entire move is as fast as a boxer's p"nch.
;. Back to the starting stance and ready to no$ exec"te a stick p"nch $ith his right hand.
<. (gain he snaps the bata o"t$ard b"t beca"se Glen is a so"thpa$ there is less po$er $ith his right5handed stick p"nch.
=. Back to the starting position
It takes a little getting "sed to b"t beginners event"ally get conditioned to their o$n bata striking their forearms d"ring the stick p"nch. &ote that the long5range stick p"nch is one of the fe$ moves in the Rince an Bhata Uisce Bheatha style $here B.T- hands are not on the stick. (ltho"gh the obvio"s p"rpose of a stick p"nch is to strike the opponent and to block an opponent's strike it's main p"rpose is to initiate a charge5in. The Uisce Beatha style has the advantage at short5range distances so practitioners of this style $ant to move in on their opponent as soon as possible. The Trinity is a training exercise that involves contin"o"s consec"tive rapid5fire stick p"nches aimed se1"entially at three key locations of an imaginary opponent 55 namely the head the left hand and the right hand. These three points form a small triangle and
therefore this exercise improves both aim and bata control. The Trinity is first performed $ith one hand for several repetitions and then repeated $ith the other hand.
The Stick 4"nch+ Short5Range
'or a short5range stick p"nch both hands maintain their grip on the bata thro"gho"t the entire movement. The ends of the bata are treated as if they $ere extensions of the fist. Unfort"nately $e don't have a photo of a simple short5range stick p"nch. To pict"re the move !"st imagine $hat a boxer $o"ld look like if he had to maintain a grip on a stick $ith both hands $hile exec"ting a p"nch. The main difference is that instead of making contact $ith the fist itself contact is made $ith the portion of the bata that extends from the hand. (lso in the short5range stick p"nch category are all of the $ays that a stick can be po$ered $ith the basic t$o5handed grip s"ch that it makes contact $ith the opponent. This incl"des !abbing the opponent $ith the tip of either end of the bata. Short5range stick p"nches are "sed after the fighter has moved in on his opponent in many of the same $ays that a boxer "ses p"nches once he has moved in on his opponent.
The 7harge In
The Rince an Bhata Uisce Bheatha style is characteri>ed by in5close moves and techni1"es that are la"nched from a contact point called a pivotal. Therefore the first thing a fighter $ants to do is to get in close and create that first pivotal $ith his opponent from $hich he can la"nch f"rther moves. The Charge In is the most common method for doing this. The Charge In is essentially a stick p"nch except that instead of ret"rning his bata back to$ards himself the fighter moves his body in to$ards his o"tstretched bata. This changes his position by ?@ degrees leaving him in close to his opponent. It's important to note that the stick p"nch and the body s$ing movement are &.T t$o separate moves. Both are part of one '(ST contin"o"s motion that is almost sim"ltaneo"s. 7lick on any of the photos belo$ to see an enlarged version.
Glen la"nches a stick p"nch $hich .liver begins Glen immediately s$ings his $hole body in to block. 2.liver is "sing a make5shift bata beca"se an 2like a door hinge3 to$ards his bata re5 a"thentic bata $as not available at the time the photos $ere gripping his bata so that he once again has taken.3 it in both hands.
The photos belo$ sho$ the exact same techni1"e b"t from the opposite angle. #ven tho"gh the stick p"nch in this demonstration is an offensive stick p"nch the Charge In can also be done $ith a stick p"nch "sed as a block.
Using his leg like a pin in a door hinge Glen la"nches a stick p"nch really a stick !ab beca"se the emphasis is more on speed than on Glen s$ings his body in to$ards his bata. This is &.T a separate move b"t rather a po$er. contin"ation of the stick p"nch motion.
&otice that at the end of the Charge In Glen's bata is no$ in contact $ith .liver's stick. Glen $ill la"nch his next move from this contact point 55 and .liver $ill also "se this contact point to la"nch his next move if he gains the advantage in time. &ote that once an Rince an Bhata Uisce Bheatha fighter is in on his opponent both hands remain on or in very close contact $ith the bata at all times.
( pivotal is the point of contact bet$een yo"r bata and yo"r opponent's bata or yo"r bata and yo"r opponent's body. It is a so"rce of leverage and po$er from $hich all techni1"es are la"nched. -aving an int"itive "nderstanding of the pivotal and the forces at $ork aro"nd it is the key to being a s"ccessf"l Rince an Bhata Uisce Bheatha fighter. #xamples+ • The pivotal can act as a f"lcr"m+ In the basic disarming techni1"e the contact bet$een the t$o batas and the opponent provides a f"lcr"m for prying the opponent's bata o"t of his hand. 2See second photo on the left.3 The basic disarm is disc"ssed and demonstrated on a later page. The pivotal can act as a deflection point+ ( short5 range stick p"nch 2i.e. both hands on the bata and the ends not the tips act as extensions of the fist3 creates a pivotal bet$een the end of the bata and the opponent's body. The deflection force generated $hen this pivotal is created allo$s the fighter to easily t"rn his bata and thro$ another short5range stick p"nch $ith his other hand,stick5end. This in t"rn forms yet another pivotal. The pivotal can act as a pivot point+ If a Uisce fighter's c"rrent pivotal is at one end of his bata he can "se it as a pivot to flip the other end of his bata into his opponent. 2See third photo on the left.3
.ne goal of Rince an Bhata Uisce Bheatha is to disarm the opponent. Therefore some of the most important pivotals are those that lead to disarmament. ( Rince an Bhata Uisce Bheatha fighter is al$ays searching for that key pivotal and chooses his moves accordingly. Aore details on pivotals can be fo"nd on the pages that disc"ss specific techni1"es.
The Say -ello Techni1"e
The Say Hello move is an explosive poke in the chest or g"t. It is "sed not only to in!"re the opponent b"t also to catch him off g"ard $hich allo$s the stick fighter to set "p for his
next move. It is a simple poking mane"ver that is la"nched from the fighter's pivotal gained d"ring the Charge In. The photos belo$ sho$ the Say Hello move as $ell as the stick p"nch and 7harge In moves that fre1"ently precede the Say Hello. &ote that all three are &.T separate moves b"t rather one '(ST 7.&TI&U.US motion that is if not blocked by the opponent completed $ithin abo"t one second. 7lick on any of the photos belo$ to see an enlarged version.
8. Glen la"nches a stick p"nch $hich .liver begins to block.
2.liver is "sing a make5shift bata beca"se an a"thentic bata $as not available at the time the photos $ere taken.3
9. Glen immediately s$ings his $hole body in to$ards his o"tstretched bata 55 the 7harge In.
;. This catches .liver off g"ard and gives Glen time to exec"te his next move. :. 6ithin the same contin"o"s motion Glen Says Hello by sliding his bata into .liver's g"t
"sing .liver's stick as leverage.
In Rince an Bhata Uisce Bheatha fighting the t$o ends of the bata can really be tho"ght of as extensions to a boxer's fist so poking,!abbing $ith the end of the stick is very common. -o$ever the Say Hello move is "ni1"e in that it is an extension of the Charge In move. Its name comes from the fact that it is often the first time the stick to"ches the opponent's body d"ring a match.
The Give 'em a -"g Techni1"e
Give 'em a hug is a p"lling move "sed to improve yo"r pivotal advantage and to get yo"r opponent off balance giving yo" the opport"nity to set "p yo"r next move. In the top photo on the left Glen has !"st finished a Say Hello move so his bata and body are no$ in a good position to give 'em a hug. -e slides his bata to$ards .liver's hand and re5grasps the bata. The ne$ pivotal is no$ $here the t$o sticks meet right near .liver's hand,th"mb. In the second photo Glen p"lls his bata back to$ards himself $ith both hands taking .liver's stick $ith him. This ca"ses .liver to lose his balance.
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(Oliver is using a make-shift bata because an authentic bata was not available at the time the photos were taken.)
The 6indmill 0isarm
The Windmill formerly kno$n as the cauldron is the basic disarm techni1"e "sed in the Rince an Bhata Uisce Bheatha style of Irish stick fighting. It's a scooping and t"rning
motion similar to a combination of the motion "sed in shoveling sno$ and the motion of a blade on a $indmill. It $ill help to keep these t$o images of motion in mind $hile looking at the photos since it is diffic"lt to demonstrate this move $ith still photographs. The t$o sets of photos belo$ sho$ the $indmill from t$o different angles. #ach se1"ence of photos represents one contin"o"s motion lasting only a fe$ seconds.
6indmill Se1"ence+ Bie$ 4oint 8
Click on any of the pictures to see an enlarged version
8. Glen starts $ith a stick p"nch$hich .liver blocks. 2.liver is
"sing a make5shift bata beca"se an a"thentic bata $as not available at the time the photos $ere taken.3
9. Glen sim"ltaneo"sly does acharge5in allo$ing him to get in close to .liver.
:. Immediately follo$ing the charge5in Glen says hello by !abbing .liver in the g"t thro$ing him off g"ard $hich gives Glen the opport"nity to start the 6indmill disarm.
;. This is the start of the $indmill. In a scooping motion Glen $eaves his bata do$n over .liver's stick and "nder .liver's $rist creating t$o ne$ pivotal points. The first is $here Glen's bata is on top of .liver's stick near .liver's hand. The second is $here Glen's bata is "nder .liver's $rist.
<. Glen rotates his bata by p"shing do$n $ith both hands. -e gets leverage from $here the t$o sticks are in contact. (s his bata rotates it presses "nder .liver's $rist.
=. Glen's bata rotation ca"ses .liver's stick and arm to rotate event"ally thro$ing .liver off5 balance.
C. (t this point if .liver doesn't let go his $rist $ill break so he releases his stick.
D. Glen contin"es the rotation as .liver begins to fall to the gro"nd.
?. Using the ends of his bata as extensions to his fists Glen stick p"nches .liver in the kidney and...
8@. ... and then stick p"nches .liver in the head.
6indmill Se1"ence+ Bie$ 4oint 9
The exact same techni1"e b"t from the opposite angle.
Start $ith the Say Hello. &ote it's not necessary to do the Say Hello first b"t it catches the opponent off g"ard and sets "p the perfect opport"nity to scoop yo"r bata into position.
Glen scoops his bata into position so it is $eaved in over .liver's stick and "nder .liver's $rist.
Glen p"lls the bata slightly back to$ards himself and do$n starting the rotation.
Glen's bata rotation ca"ses .liver's stick and arm to rotate.
(s the rotation is completed .liver m"st let go of the stick and he loses his balance as $ell.
In a boxing motion Glen "ses the ends of his bata as extensions of his fists to get in a fe$ more hits.
&ote that the same windmill techni1"e can also be "sed against an opponent fighting $ith a one5handed grip. (s long as yo" can E$eaveE yo"r stick over from the o"tside of yo"r opponent's bata and "nder their $rist creating the t$o pivotal points yo" can get the leverage yo" need to do the windmill. 'or this reason the $indmill $o"ld $ork best as a contin"ation of a block of an opponent's side s$ing.
The Fig %ick Techni1"e
The jig kick is a move that $o"ld "ndo"btedly be illegal in any fighting event $ith Er"lesE. B"t Irish stick fighting is a vicio"s art $ith no r"les and Rince an Bhata Uisce Bheatha is no exception. The !ig kick starts off $ith a defensive block and transitions into an offensive Irish !ig kick. It is "sed to block an opponent's side strike that comes in from the one o'clock to three o'clock position. In addition to in!"ring the opponent the !ig kick is intended to p"t him off g"ard allo$ing yo" to move in and set "p for yo"r next move.
In the photo on the left Glen moves in to block .liver's side strike. Then in the se1"ence of photos belo$ Glen "ses the opposing forces of the t$o clashing sticks to brace himself as he exec"tes t$o alternate Irish !ig style kicks to$ards the groin area. 7lick on any of the photos belo$ to see an enlarged version. 2.liver is "sing a make5shift bata beca"se an a"thentic bata $as not available at the time the photos $ere taken.3
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