# Backhand Diagonal

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## 3 thoughts on “Backhand Diagonal”

1. With this motion I see that Top Dog takes a small step with his back foot and then twists on the back foot.

Is it okay to take a full step or is this shot built around maintaining the false lead? Thanks for any wisdom folks have to share.

• I noticed the same on the footwork. It’s almost like throwing a cross, but the stick is in the lead hand.

2. Apologies that I missed Ryan’s question from last June until just now.

Aaron’s observation here is dead on, even more so with the bhand horizontal, a.k.a. “the Dodger”

Now I would like to add some observations of my own.

1) Note the use of the complementary hand to increase power and speed. In PTK this is called “double force” and it is from here that I found this idea which I now manifest in DBMA’s “Chupacabra Knife”.

2) At first blush it may seem a bit pedantic, but I regret the use of the world “diagonal” here as contrary to the point I made at the beginning of this DVD about the hour glass being a better and more accurate way to think of TD’s power striking pattern.

In DBMA terminology the correct term here would be “Bhand Vertical Slash”– with “slash” meaning a strike that crosses to the other side of the body, and “vertical” meaning a strike in alignment with gravity.

In other words, our terminology is this:
a) Vertical — strikes aligned with gravity. Think of throwing a ball, a tennis serve, etc and you will have it.
b) Horizontal– parallel to the ground. Think of swinging a baseball bat at a pitch and you will have it.
c) Diagonal– the combination of the two.

Assessing TD’s movement here shows it to be Vertical, not Diagonal.

In this moment, it is well worth noting that vertical motions, be they descending or rising (e.g. a roof block), tend to be the most efficient ones to use as part of initiating a charge (sagasa).