Toning Down The Techniques By MJS - 03-02-2009 07:12 PM
In another thread, this thread from KT was mentioned. While reading a few of those posts, I started thinking about our Kenpo techniques. If we look at them, we see some pretty brutal stuff. Eye pokes, groin kicks, breaks, stomps, you name it, its probably in a technique.
Doc commented that if someone has to do those things, then they haven't learned any martial arts skills. Now, I find myself agreeing and disagreeing with part of this, and hopefully Doc, or another SL4 student will chime in, for the specifics of the way things are done with those techs.
Now, I agree that we should not have to rely on those things to win. if we can't figure out a few other ways to defend ourselves, what have we really learned? Additionally, if thats all we know, then we'll probably find ourselves doing some overkill with alot of things that don't warrant that type of response.
On the other hand, there may be some cases, where we do need those extreme measures, so not doing them could be the difference between winning and losing.
Back to the techniques. Should we change/modify what we do, to avoid the brutal aspect or just go with the tech. as written? So, think Lone Kimono....a simple left hand lapel grab and the first move entails a rising strike to the elbow, in an effort to get a break or hyper extension. Following that, is a strike down on that same arm and then an outward handsword to the neck.
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