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    From the knowledge gained when practicing your basics and self-defense
    techniques, commence employing Geometric Paths (Upper/Lower
    Cases) when attacking and defending yourself during your freestyle
    sessions. Carefully analyze this concept and make note of the benefits
    that surface when modifying your freestyle techniques in terms of
    Economy of Motion, timing, Bridging the Gaps, Dimensional Stages of
    Action, etc.
    Finally, apply this concept to your forms. In-depth study will
    reveal greater answers to the Solid, Liquid, And Gaseous States of
    Motion.



    BASICS



    BLOCKING - USE OF HANDS & FEET


    Blocks are primarily defensive moves employing physical contact
    to check, cushion, deflect, redirect, or stop an offensive move. On
    other occasions they can be an anticipated defensive position, which
    if correctly planned, can trigger, a BLOCK. A third method is to
    initiate a BLOCK on an opponent who is motionless at the time of your
    action. In this situation a BLOCK is built into your offense so that
    your single action provides both a defense and an offense. A fourth
    method involves body checks where pressure is placed on some part of
    the opponent's anatomy to restrain or prevent him from taking action.
    When executing a BLOCK, physical contact can occur: (1) when
    force meets force, (2) when force goes with force (3) when force meets
    a neutral force, (4) when a neutral force meets a neutral force.
    Because of these methods of contact BLOCKS need to be defined. When
    force meets force it is a STRIKING BLOCK. When force goes with force,
    it is a PARRYING BLOCK. When force meets a neutral force there are two
    possibilities. If you are motionless it is called a POSITIONAL BLOCK,
    and if you initiate the action it is called a BLOCKING STRIKE. When a
    neutral force meets a neutral force, it is referred to as a PINNING
    BLOCK (or CHECK). The third and fourth methods are really both
    subcategories of checking because they are employed in anticipation of
    your opponent's moves.
    BLOCKS may be distinguished by the methods used executing them,
    and by the anatomical positioning necessary to anticipate your
    opponent's execution methods. Remember that the method of execution is
    the manner in which a defensive BLOCK (or offensive strike) is
    executed to produce maximum results. It involves: (1) the type of
    natural weapon used, (2) the force produced, (3) the timing, (4) the
    target chosen, (5) the effect intended, and (6) the angle or path
    followed.



    Ed Parker Sr. Memories
    Archived with the permission of Ed Parker Jr.
    Ed Parker Sr. was the founder of the art known today as American Kenpo.
    In these files, Ed Parker Jr. shares his fathers unpublished notes and other memories with us.

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