is a broad term in finger jousting that is used synonymously with
the quadrant of technique. When speaking of tactics, jousters often
mean a specific technique involving strategy and moves. Beginners
often think that they can simply win matches by being stronger and
quicker than their opponent; that simply is not the case. To be
a successful finger jouster, you must employ at least a bit of technique
by having a strategy and repertoire of moves.
strategy is your plan of action regarding the way you execute your
moves, manage your defense, and utilize your stance. There are two
main generic strategies that form the basis for most specific strategies.
Both of them can be highly effective against amateurs, but to master
the sport of finger jousting, you must develop your own strategy
and utilize it in the arena.
first of the main generic strategies is the sporadic strategy. This
technique is often used by beginners who are trying too hard to
beat their opponents. It can be characterized as "jumping around
erratically and spasmodically while violently flinging the opponent
around using the lancing arm." Most persons using the sporadic
strategy do not have a certain stance, but often change their stance
multiple times within the match. Sporadic finger jousters believe
that the best defense is a good offense and do not use any sort
of defensive countermeasures. Using this strategy can be quite effective
if the jouster is really quick and strong. The most important basic
move used by sporadic jousters is the bobbo lance which will be
other main generic strategy is known as the reserved strategy. It
is the yin to the sporadic’s yang. It can be characterized
as smooth and meditative concentrating on rotations more than straight
lancing. The average stance for a reserved jouster is with your
feet shoulder width apart, your dominant foot in front, knees slightly
bent, and upper body arched somewhat towards the opponent. Reserved
finger jousters believe that using an opponent’s force to
throw off an opponent is an effective way to win a match. This strategy
can be very effective even if the jouster is not very quick. The
most important basic move used by reserved jousters is the majigger
which will be discussed later.
are two basic moves. Moves are individual tactics used within a
strategy involving the movement of the lancing arm and other bodie
parts to gain a point. The first of the basic moves is the majigger.
To execute a majigger you must simply rotate your lancing elbow
counter-clockwise (considering that you are using your right arm
to lance) simultaneously moving your hand down. This will create
an opportune chance to lance your opponent’s legs.
the other hand, the bobbo lance is executed in two parts. First
you cock your lancing elbow back so that it is touching your chest,
and your opponent is close to you. Then you rapidly shoot your arm
out to full extension. This will create an opening which might even
give you a head shot if you are lucky.
are many other moves and strategies in the world of finger jousting.
There are even some complex counters to the majigger and the bobbo
lance which many competitors have discovered and might put in future
articles. Experiment with the basics and master them so that you
may use them in the arena.