It seemed like a good way to address the high hands problem might be to study all of the ways to defeat an opponent who has gone into high hands mode. We drilled five of them, plus one bonus technique.
1. The canonical Fiorean nut kick.
2. Up the middle with arm wrap + chicken wing
Here the high hands clinch has ended up on Black’s left, giving him an open lane to his right.
Another option when the clinch is to the left is to reach over with the left hand and grab the opponent’s hilt or pommel, then apply torque with the strong of the blade to twist the opponent’s sword around.
When the clinch is biased to the right and a lane is available on the left, as is the case for Black here,
the pommel strike becomes an option. The most powerful version of this is a hooking strike through a horizontal plane,
but in a pinch Black could also lever his pommel up and deliver a “freight train” blow.
6. (Bonus) the symmetrical clinch
It commonly happens in free play and tournaments that the combatants end up in a symmetrical clinch with each using his left to control the other’s right.