Adding to your difficulty?
By Hand Sword - Sun, 20 May 2007 17:13:52 GMT


I started thinking last night and this morning (the woodburning smell that you all were probaly smelling - LOL) about an incident that occurred. Long story short, Me and a friend who is a Kenpo stylist met up with an old friend that was recently "released". The topic came up about Kenpo (or the M.A.'s in general) and how it don't work against "real" fighters. Well, on pads went and the tussle began. Back and fourth, ending with laugh's, and the statement "see, I could've had you for real". when we parted with him, my friend thinking it over admitted that was probably true. He tried our "stuff" (and he's good-take my word for it!) and just couldn't get the results. We just chalked it up to our other friend is who he is and has always been-one of the ones that you don't want to knuckle up against.

Thinking it over in my mind and analyzing, as we Kenpoka do, I came to a thought, that may or may not be applicable, just something that's sticking in my craw. Were our methods of control causing the added difficulty? Further thinking, our off balancing of our opponents occurs in our techniques against those that are trained, or balanced as they come in. We do our thing, and their balance is shaken, technique works. However, "street fighters" are unbalanced already, coming in wild,wide, and fast. Is our unbalancing techniques actually helping to balance and satbilize them? What stuck out to me was a moment when the Kenpo frien kicked out a supporting leg causing the widened stance. But, this actually stabilized the narrower, unbalanced stance, causing more power in his next shot. There were other moments, but they seem to fall along the same route.

So, are our methods actually adding to our difficulty for real? Has any of us that had encounters found this problem upon analyzing it your minds?

I dunno, maybe I'm off on a tangent again--LOL!


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