Results 1 to 11 of 11

Thread: May 2006 - Tracy's technique of the Month - Opponents At Sides

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Sarnia, ON, Canada
    Posts
    7,774
    Thanks
    301
    Thanked 1,263 Times in 801 Posts

    Default May 2006 - Tracy's technique of the Month - Opponents At Sides

    Whats does this technique teach? How useful is it? Any favorite modifications?
    Quality outweighs quantity every time.

  2. #2
    Michael Billings's Avatar
    Michael Billings is offline
    KenpoTalk
    Orange Belt
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Austin, Texas USA-Terra
    Posts
    142
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts

    Default Re: May 2006 - Tracy's technique of the Month - Opponents At Sides

    This is also the EPAK technique Falcons of Force (just FYI for those interested.)
    “The superior man cultivates a friendly harmony, without being weak.—How firm is he in his energy! He stands erect in the middle without inclining to either side.—How firm is he in his energy!”
    ~Confucius

    Kenpo-Texas.com

    AKTS.US

  3. The Following User Says Thank You to Michael Billings For This Useful Post:

    John Brewer (01-18-2008)

  4. #3
    Jim Hanna is offline
    KenpoTalk
    Purple Belt
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    226
    Thanks
    11
    Thanked 179 Times in 95 Posts

    Default Re: May 2006 - Tracy's technique of the Month - Opponents At Sides

    THis is the first two person attack technique taught in the Tracy's curriculum (orange belt level). Its a simple but effective technique. As a police officer I have rolled onto many group violence scenarios over the years, as the first and only officer on the scene. However, most of my experience is from the other side, i.e. its me and one or two back up officers subduing one violent, combative actor. So, some of the tactical lessons that I've learned are transmitted to my students with the teaching of Opponents as Sides, e.g. proper mind set.

    Jim

  5. #4
    Kenpodave's Avatar
    Kenpodave is offline
    KenpoTalk
    Green Belt
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Shreveport, Louisiana, United States,
    Posts
    593
    Thanks
    227
    Thanked 399 Times in 198 Posts

    Default Re: May 2006 - Tracy's technique of the Month - Opponents At Sides

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanna
    THis is the first two person attack technique taught in the Tracy's curriculum (orange belt level). Its a simple but effective technique. As a police officer I have rolled onto many group violence scenarios over the years, as the first and only officer on the scene. However, most of my experience is from the other side, i.e. its me and one or two back up officers subduing one violent, combative actor. So, some of the tactical lessons that I've learned are transmitted to my students with the teaching of Opponents as Sides, e.g. proper mind set.

    Jim
    Over time, I have evolved from considering this a "beginner's technique" to a deep admiration for the simplicity of the technique in a complicated situation.

    I would often teach my students what to do "after," because the technique, in my not so humble opinion, did not do enough.

    Boy, was I wrong.
    Dave

    "I consider that the spiritual life is the life of man's real self, the life of that interior self whose flame is so often allowed to be smothered under the ashes of anxiety and futile concern." - Thomas Merton


  6. #5
    Jim Hanna is offline
    KenpoTalk
    Purple Belt
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    226
    Thanks
    11
    Thanked 179 Times in 95 Posts

    Default Re: May 2006 - Tracy's technique of the Month - Opponents At Sides

    Yep. Yep. Yep.


    Jim

  7. #6
    Ray
    Ray is offline
    KenpoTalk
    Purple Belt
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Creston, IA
    Posts
    245
    Thanks
    21
    Thanked 139 Times in 85 Posts

    Default Re: May 2006 - Tracy's technique of the Month - Opponents At Sides

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Billings
    This is also the EPAK technique Falcons of Force (just FYI for those interested.)
    The Opponent at Sides I learned for Tracy orange (variation A) was basically the starting movements for EPAK Falcons of Force. F of F was taught in one of the brown levels with more movements (insertions and additions). Until I saw it as Tracy's O at S, I didn't realize the simplicity of it.

    And the very first strike (as I learned it) is nothing more than the first move of Sword and Hammer; but it took quite a while for me to see that. Sometimes I can't see the forest for the trees.

  8. #7
    Kenpodave's Avatar
    Kenpodave is offline
    KenpoTalk
    Green Belt
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Shreveport, Louisiana, United States,
    Posts
    593
    Thanks
    227
    Thanked 399 Times in 198 Posts

    Default Re: May 2006 - Tracy's technique of the Month - Opponents At Sides

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray
    The Opponent at Sides I learned for Tracy orange (variation A) was basically the starting movements for EPAK Falcons of Force. F of F was taught in one of the brown levels with more movements (insertions and additions). Until I saw it as Tracy's O at S, I didn't realize the simplicity of it.

    And the very first strike (as I learned it) is nothing more than the first move of Sword and Hammer; but it took quite a while for me to see that. Sometimes I can't see the forest for the trees.
    I have often found it fascinating that what is a very simple thing for me to grasp in kenpo may be so complicated for others, only to come to a realization as a 5th black that I find enlightening, and discover that my purple belt students caught it right away.
    Dave

    "I consider that the spiritual life is the life of man's real self, the life of that interior self whose flame is so often allowed to be smothered under the ashes of anxiety and futile concern." - Thomas Merton


  9. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Cobourg ON
    Posts
    1,021
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 13 Times in 11 Posts

    Default Re: May 2006 - Tracy's technique of the Month - Opponents At Sides

    Is there any place we can see the technique?

  10. #9
    Kenpodave's Avatar
    Kenpodave is offline
    KenpoTalk
    Green Belt
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Shreveport, Louisiana, United States,
    Posts
    593
    Thanks
    227
    Thanked 399 Times in 198 Posts

    Default Re: May 2006 - Tracy's technique of the Month - Opponents At Sides

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackcatbonz
    Is there any place we can see the technique?
    I don't think it is available anywhere on the net.
    Dave

    "I consider that the spiritual life is the life of man's real self, the life of that interior self whose flame is so often allowed to be smothered under the ashes of anxiety and futile concern." - Thomas Merton


  11. #10
    Kenpo Gary is offline
    KenpoTalk
    Purple Belt
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    207
    Thanks
    25
    Thanked 32 Times in 26 Posts

    Default Re: May 2006 - Tracy's technique of the Month - Opponents At Sides

    This is the first kenpo technique that had that just right feel to it.

    Kenpo Gary
    "The heart of the Kenpo System has always been practical-effective- Self Defense Techniques." Al Tracy

  12. #11
    oldslowguy is offline
    KenpoTalk
    Adv. Blue Belt
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    440
    Thanks
    102
    Thanked 215 Times in 152 Posts

    Default Re: May 2006 - Tracy's technique of the Month - Opponents At Sides

    It's a great beginner's technique because it teaches the concepts of distance, alternating attacks on opponents, attacking to defend, etc. I've had many students after learning it say, "That's it?" but often they realize that they can do so much from the initial moves.

    We had a blue belt get jumped outside a gas station one night by 3 guys, he lead off with Opponent at Sides instinctively. The third guy was able to land a punch before the blue belt took out his knee. I suspect the student was able to walk away (even though he ran). Not sure about the other 3.

Remove Ads

Sponsored Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 61
    Last Post: 06-20-2007, 09:24 PM
  2. Replies: 13
    Last Post: 06-03-2006, 02:44 PM
  3. March 2006 Tracy's Technique Of The Month - Dancer
    By Rob Broad in forum Tracy Technical Studies
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 03-30-2006, 01:26 AM
  4. Replies: 31
    Last Post: 02-19-2006, 07:48 AM
  5. February 2006 Tracy's Technique Of The Month - Crashing Eagle
    By Rob Broad in forum Tracy Technical Studies
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 02-04-2006, 06:49 PM