Saturday, September 30, 2006

XMA Form 2

Extreme Martial Arts - XMA - is a blend of martial arts styles with gymnastics and theatrics. Lavallee's has very impressive A & B XMA performance teams. Lavallees has also integrated some XMA-style (without the gymnastics) into core curriculum. This is the context of our XMA forms.

The XMA write-up has four sections: the Youtube video (with a few annotations), a summary of the moves, a detailed write-up, and a few details to focus on.

Summary Version

Kata, XMA 2, bow, turn right
tia - X block up forward, double downward punch (hands open), look left
tia -  hardbow left, chop left, triple punch left (rhythm: chop-punch, pause, punch-punch)
look right, hardbow right, chop right, triple punch right (ditto on rhythm)
punch forward, reach back and shift to back hardbow, double punch forward.

Turn left pushing down with the right, double side kick forward, spin 360, chop forward left, punch forward.

Front kick, skip front kick, spring 360 chop forward again, punch forward onto a knee.
Xblock up, spin 360, spread arms out like wings, fall to the kneee
standup, return to position facing right from the start
tia - face forward, double block down, softbow left, XMA, assaa

XMA 2 - Detailed Description

Stand with the legs together, hands at your side. Attitude.

Teicho says: Kata. Kata XMA Form Two, XMA Form Two.

Step back with your right leg so that you face sideways while continuing to look forward (now over your left shoulder). Legs shoulder width apart. Arms stiff slightly out from the side. Here you need ALOT of attitude. Long pause.

Tia. Quickly, Right foot steps forward so we're facing forward, legs apart, X block up, double block down with open hands. Tia. Another long pause while you sllowly curl the fingers, start look forward to the left and dishing out a double-helping of attitude. I'm not kidding about this attitude. This extreme martial arts kata (XMA) involve some extreme acting.

Tia. Step forward to the left while chopping left in a reverse hard bow, then punch left with the right hand into a regular hard bow, slight pause, punch left, punch right. tia on each punch.

Now the opposite: stay in the hardbow left, chop and look right. Then hard bow right, punch right, slight pause, left, and right. tia on each punch.

Step forward with the left, punch right pulling the left hand into chamber. You are in a hard bow. Kiyah.

Keeping feet in place, turn back to your right putting both fists behind you (shifting into kindof a backwards hardbow), then double punch forward back into regular hard bow. aieeea

Step forward with the right leg while turning left so that you are standing with your legs together and facing left but looking forward.
Push down with your right hand.
Right side kick forward low, then high, plant the foot next to the other one. Spin left around as in 360 and then left chop forward, right punch, into hard bow.

Right front kick, jump front right kick, landing with your right leg crossed in front of the left. Spin on your right foot 360 again.

Finish 360 by stepping back with the right foot with the arms and hands outspread. In a ballet move, you lower to your left knee with both arms out to the sides. Your look shifts from forward to down and your hands shift from horizontal to the ground.

As your hands touch the ground, look forward and slowly move back to the starting stance where you are facing to the right with both hands in fists down by your side and you are looking over your left shoulder to the front with attitude.

Step forward with your right, double punch down to the side. Kiyah.

Put the right elbow down into the back of the open left hand while lowering a little: XMA form one.

Punch up in the air with the right. asssaaaaaaaae

XMA2 Details. .It's all drama and details....It's a good one for those of us that can't do high kicks or acrobatics and so I really enjoy this one.  So, lets review the details....

X Block over your head : hands are open, fingers tight together, it's slightly in front of the head
Double downward: It's actually a push down with the hands open and ending with them still open with the palms facing the ground and somewhat horizontal (as if you had pushed). During the next few seconds, the fist is slowly made, a finger at a time, while the look intensifies and shifts to the 45 left....
Punch forward, reach back: In the reach back, the forward hardbow is momentarily reversed into a rear hardbow and for a second, you actually look back. The emphasis is on the double front page and return to the forward hard bow.
Double side kick forward, spin 360, chop forward left, punch forward: After the side kicks, plant your right foot and spin off it. When you finish, be sure to plant your left foot forward and to a little off to the left, this gives you a better base for the chop.