Luha Salisi – Criss-cross thrusts
A technique from within the redonda (whirlwind) category, luha salisi (criss-cross thrusts) provides the strategic opportunity to switch sides and rapidly counter with devastating thrusting techniques at different levels. The name of this technique appropriately describes the core motion of thrusting towards opposing corners of the body. Luha salisi is informed by and derived from the fundamental salok-saboy (upward X) and magbabayo (downward X) and includes influences from the intermediate redonda and redonda salok-saboy (reverse whirlwind). The technique is also influenced by the advanced luha redonda (teardrop thrusts with whirlwind) sequence. As with the sister technique of luha redonda, this move also includes the devastating tulay (bridge) and lagusan (tunnel) methods of simultaneously parrying and thrusting.
The technique luha salisi consists of four movements and includes a low thrust, two parries and a high thrust. Luha salisi begins from an open position which provides the strategic advantage of flexibility of action as well as preserving the element of surprise when using this very effective technique. Beginning from a left stance with a high guard, the first move is to parry with the left stick in a motion from a high left abierta (open) position towards a middle level left serrada (closed position). At the same time as the parry is implemented, the right stick makes a slightly upward thrust at stomach height and travels from a low right abierta location towards a centreline target. The second movement uses the left stick to execute a high vertical parry which progresses from the low left serrada position towards a high left abierta conclusion, at the same time the left foot is retracted adjacent to the right foot. The third movement begins by stepping forwards with the right foot and simultaneously completing a high right vertical parry that travels from a high right abierta origin towards a high right serrada finish. Finally and while remaining in the right stance, the left cane completes a chest level thrust over the top of the right arm that travels from a high left abierta location towards the centreline. The combination of the parry and high chest thrust is known as lagusan (tunnel thrust).