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    Universal Symbol
    By kenpotroop - Tue, 09 Jan 2007 04:56:23 GMT

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    I have been told, but I would like to hear more explainations as to the meaning of the Universal Symbol.

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    The Universal Pattern is a 3-dimensional pattern conceived and developed by SGM Ed Parker as a directional key to movement. It is a learning tool used to enhance one's knowledge of motion. It is also useful in understanding the interrelationships between linear and circular movements and the paths in which they travel. It can be applied to techniques, forms, freestyle, etc. As you learn to correlate moves within the pattern, alternative moves become instinctive and spontaneous. You must not, however, focus too much on the manner of study, but instead focus on the reasons involved within the study. -*source: The Encyclopedia of Kenpo
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    It also represents ballance, structure, angular relationships. Concepts like center line theory and deminsional control theory, directional harmony- probably any concept in the martial arts as a whole, are represented. Same with principles, all of them. And it is another depiction of the Taiji symbol and the 9 basic directions. It's about perspective and awareness. I'd say it is pretty all encompassing in form and meaning.

    Or, just a neat pattern- makes a cool "patch". Depends on how you look at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedan View Post
    It also represents ballance, structure, angular relationships. Concepts like center line theory and deminsional control theory, directional harmony- probably any concept in the martial arts as a whole, are represented. Same with principles, all of them. And it is another depiction of the Taiji symbol and the 9 basic directions. It's about perspective and awareness. I'd say it is pretty all encompassing in form and meaning.

    Or, just a neat pattern- makes a cool "patch". Depends on how you look at it.

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    Or a cool tattoo! LOL. Good points!!! The important thing is to keep in mind it's meant to be viewed in 3 dimensions, not 2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celtic_Crippler View Post
    The important thing is to keep in mind it's meant to be viewed in 3 dimensions, not 2.
    True. Spin it, bend it, twist it, stretch it, shrink it, then superimpose all these transmutations onto themselves. Looking at it while on acid should start the understanding process. Alternatively, you could just meditate a lot on it.

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    Default Re: MT: Universal Symbol

    A few of the "Paths of Motion" found within the Universal Pattern
    (see below) **A 3 dimensional representation of the Universal Pattern
    ** Jeff Brady's New Mexico Tiger Dragon Kenpo Karate Site provided the graphic above, with a few of the paths/patterns of motion as viewed in a single plane.
    Some of what it teaches:
    1. The Eight Angles - A multiplication sign laid over an addition sign could be used to show the eight major directions that someone could attack or defend from.
    2. The Triangle - is a useful tool when learning what path to follow for parries, laid horizontal with your shoulders acting as the base. For covering, again laid horizontal with your rear foot at the peak front foot would follow the base line.
    3. The Diamond -could be used to show a geometric path. An example would be the inward block used in Alternating Maces traveling on a downward diagonal path.
    4. The Circle - (or circular motion) could be found by following the line the foot travels on in a roundhouse kick, or the footwork in Brushing the Storm.
    5. The Oval - (an elongated circle) could be found in Snapping Twig or Locked Wing.
    6. The Figure Eight - could be seen as following a geometric line as in Dance of Death where the right hand is making a figure eight with the back knuckle strike to the left knee followed by the hand sword to the groin. It could also be seen as following a path of action in Snaking Talon as the whole forearm uses the figure eight with the inward and outward hand swords.
    7. The Overlapping Circles - can be found in Circling Fans.
    8. The Heart - can be found in Blinding Sacrifice, Fatal Cross, and Locking Horns.

    I found this on Mr. BIllings website.
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