Tripping ArrowBarb White and Rod Smit


Sometimes we all get “tripped up” in learning and teaching too.   To have an articulated explanation of a technique is key, whether your learning it for the first time or have practiced it 1,000 times.

The two inward horizontal palm hell strikes to the head, palm strike to the chest and tigers mouth to the throat along with that reverse bow take down is highly effective.   There are so many things happening here,  strikes, marriage with gravity, more strikes and an awesome kick to the head, it’s hard to not LOVE this technique.

Several years back, I participated in a BWKS demo, my husband Sean was my partner, I had just recently returned after 6 months of recovery from left leg ACL repair surgery.   When I did a reverse bow take down on him, he landed on my leg resulting in my right ACL snapping on the spot.  I knew it when it happened so every time I do this technique, I have a slight hesitation, this is unfortunate, but factual.

So when I was teaching it yesterday, for a brief moment, I hesitated in the partner work only out of my own person experience as noted above.   To teach in the air is one thing but in order to learn properly, partner work is a necessary must.  There are many variations that I’ve seen over the years and I’d be interested to have your thoughts on the different effectiveness you’ve learned with Tripping Arrow.  Please leave in the comments below.