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    ”The Ambidexterity Myth”

    Over the years there have been significant misconceptions
    regarding the efficacy of right and left side training. A great deal
    of discussion exists relative to whether forms performances, and
    self-defense techniques are or should be right, left, or balanced in
    teaching and training execution.

    The simple truth is all are correct in certain respects, and the
    confusion like many other topics, comes from the progenitor
    himself. Mr. Parker spent a considerable amount of time looking
    into the concept and reached some rather interesting conclusions
    in our own research and discussions.

    As a forms example, in most versions of Ed Parker’s Short Form
    Two, it does indeed include the physical left side in its right side
    presentation. But, it is still considered, by Ed Parker’s definition,
    to be the right side, or what he quietly called right side brain
    dominant. However you do not reverse the synaptic and
    cerebellar pathway responsibilities for movement until the mirror
    image is performed.

    This is what Parker meant by left side. The physical left is only
    motion or movement, but the true left side is an opposite or
    reversal of brain dominance and control. Thus all forms
    encompass in some manner right and left side, but to begin from
    the opposite side or mirror image reverses all mental functions
    and changes muscle response significantly enough to have
    significant influence on function.

    Whether this is necessary in teaching is dependent on how you
    teach or train. Ed Parker created a series of conceptually right-
    handed techniques. He himself was not ambidextrous, nor what
    he working to become that way. His goal was physical
    competency in the physical interaction of the activity. And those
    who borrow sport concepts like cross training seem to put more
    value into ambidexterity than those who concentrate on self-
    defense as he did.

    Although in his commercial schools he encouraged left & right
    training for a variety of reasons, he recognized in self defense,
    competence was more important than performing left and right
    equally well. He knew that practicing both sides can yield
    benefits, but he also knew right & left would never be equal.
    Either way the operative phrase is mirror image execution, to
    activate both sides of the brain to create balance in any kind of
    physical training.

    In Ed Parker’s self-defense philosophy however, training should
    be based on a curriculum of well thought out systematically
    principled and progressive techniques. The mechanisms inherent
    in the process are designed to emphasize situational effectiveness
    with ambidexterity irrelevant to function. Movements should be
    performed on both sides to demonstrate effective basic skills
    generated by both sides of the brain with their own unique
    synaptic pathways. But, self-defense techniques are about
    competence and effectiveness within the sequence first, and
    emphasis must be place there as a top priority.

    Of course basic skills should be raised to an acceptable level of
    effectiveness, but the goal of balance in the execution of self-
    defense techniques in their mirror image is unnecessary, time
    consuming, and not physically possible when it comes to equity.

    The teachers who preach this both sides technique execution
    perspective themselves are not equally proficient on both sides.
    Most traditional styles and disciplines and even western boxing
    have techniques and moves used only from the left or right side.
    Most styles promote a left side forward to allow use of the right
    (strong) hand and leg from the rear. Even when the techniques
    change they still favor the right side. Even in those schools that
    promote equal side proficiency it is never, nor is it possible to be
    actually achieved.

    The reasons it is not possible are physiological involving a mental
    interaction with the body’s ability to perform. Each side of the
    body is controlled by opposite sides of the brain. For example,
    when learning a left kick, a synaptic pathway must be created or
    established through the right side of the brain and vice versa. No
    matter how you train, the left and right pathways will never be
    identical in function. Even though the two sides of the brain
    function together, they do not have identical ways of performing
    the same function. They may produce identical physical
    movement, but how the movements are produced and controlled
    from the brain are very different.

    Additionally the human body is not mathematically symmetrical in
    the true sense of the term. It is normal in human anatomy for
    one leg or arm to be longer than the other, and even different in
    diameter. Every muscle, tendon, cartilage, and even hair growth
    varies from side to side. World-class athletes do not stride, jump,
    throw, or move the same on both sides of the body. What is even
    more interesting is when an athlete is trained to be exactly
    symmetrical in their execution; it has been shown that physical
    performance actually declines overall. The body may be visually
    aesthetically symmetrical, but not precisely physically or
    mathematically.

    Most have unreasonable expectations with regard to weak side
    performance. If we anticipate we can train the weak side to
    perform equally with the strong, we are mistaken. Because of
    how the brain works, you cannot attain the exact same degree of
    skill on both sides. It would be like attempting to teach yourself
    to write equally as well with both hands. You may achieve an
    acceptable level on the weak side but the strong will always be
    better and dominant.

    Human beings have a natural physical preference to have a
    dominant side that is predetermined at birth. Even in cases where
    a person has activity dedicated dominance, they are always
    opposite of each other. I have a student who writes on one side,
    throws on the other, and still in baseball, bats opposite his
    dominant throwing side. But these activities are still functionally
    dedicated. He can’t write, bat, or throw equally with both. This
    dominance is so strong in human behavior; it cannot be
    overcome by external training.

    In the Chinese Martial Science, students are taught opposite most
    other later martial art disciplines with the strong side forward for
    practicality. In examining the basic idea of most techniques, they
    can be executed on the prescribed side or they can be executed
    in what Mr. Parker, called Half Mirror Image. That is a technique
    may be designed for one side attacking, however just because
    the opponent uses the other side or mirror doesn’t mean you
    have to react in kind with a mirror response.

    The self-defense techniques Thrusting Salute and Buckling
    Branch as kicking defenses are both interchangeable whether the
    right or left kick is used in the attack. In Thrusting Salute the
    attack is a front kick with the right leg, and you respond with the
    prescribed Default Solution to that particular assault. When the
    attack of a left front kick is used in Buckling Branch, the attacker
    is now using the Mirror Image Assault of Thrusting Salute.
    However if you respond with the Default Solution to Thrusting
    Salute, you are in a Half Mirror Image Solution response. These
    attacks, although mirror opposites of each other, can be
    responded to with the same right handed response.

    This type of training only requires one side be developed
    significantly to be functional. The opposite side can and will also
    be developed, but performing a different function. In another
    example, in the attack for Delayed Sword (a right hand), you
    defend by stepping back with the left foot and executing with
    your front (right) hand. Attacking Mace (again an attacking right
    hand), does just the opposite, defending by stepping back with the
    right foot. Both techniques are developed independent of
    each other on opposite sides of the body, but they both function
    quite well with either right or left side dominance. Although all of
    Parker’s interpretations of his art tend to be right-handed,
    students with left-handed dominance can, and do flourish.

    But no matter how well you perform in symmetrical forms, the
    dominant side will always be more coordinated and controlled.
    However, in a fight or confrontation of significant stress, and
    given the choice, you will always have a preference for one side
    over the other.

    In closing, remember all interpretations of Ed Parker’s American
    Kenpo should be about self-defense first. Many, specifically in
    America, have confused through clever marketing, sport training
    with self-defense training. Cross training and symmetrical
    performance borrowed from sport training and tradition-laden
    disciplines, must take a back seat to practical function and
    applications in reality.

    For the same reasons of symmetrical dominance, with the
    addition of mechanical efficiency, please consider any passive
    non-action while opposite body parts are moving as dysfunctional
    in human anatomical movement, and violate this balanced
    perspective of anatomical movement as well.

    The Ed Parker Slap check (or pak sao in Chinese), and all its
    many subcategories and functions are always in some manner
    active. To achieve certain balanced skills, it is imperative that
    both sides of the body be active and functional at all times, and
    never ever passive.

    True ambidexterity is a myth and although it is worthy of pursuit,
    it should not overshadow the quest for practical application first.
    They don’t fight in tournaments they compete. On the street,
    right or left is irrelevant to survival. You should be capable of
    using both sides of your body, but not necessarily the same nor
    equal. Ed Parker was right handed, and so are the systems he
    created and influenced.

    Over the years there have been significant misconceptions
    regarding the efficacy of right and left side training. A great deal
    of discussion exists relative to whether forms performances, and
    self-defense techniques are or should be right, left, or balanced in
    teaching and training execution.

    The simple truth is all are correct in certain respects, and the
    confusion like many other topics, comes from the progenitor
    himself. Mr. Parker spent a considerable amount of time looking
    into the concept and reached some rather interesting conclusions
    in our own research and discussions.

    As an example in the execution of "forms," in most versions of Ed
    Parker’s Short Form Two, it does indeed include the physical left
    side in its right side presentation. But, it is still considered, by Ed
    Parker’s definition, to be the right side, or what he quietly called
    right side brain dominant. However you do not reverse the
    synaptic and cerebellar pathway responsibilities for movement
    until the mirror image is performed.

    This is what Parker meant by left side. The physical left is only
    motion or movement, but the true left side is an opposite or
    reversal of brain dominance and control. Thus all forms
    encompass in some manner right and left side, but to begin from
    the opposite side or mirror image reverses all mental functions
    and changes muscle response enough to have significant
    influence on function.

    Whether this is necessary in teaching is dependent on how you
    teach or train. Ed Parker created a series of conceptually right-
    handed techniques. He himself was not ambidextrous, nor was he
    working to become that way. His goal instead was physical
    competency in the physical interaction of the activity. And those
    who borrow sport concepts like cross training seem to put more
    value into ambidexterity than those who concentrate on self-
    defense as he did.

    Although in his commercial schools he encouraged left & right
    training for a variety of reasons, he recognized in self defense,
    competence was more important than performing left and right
    equally well. He knew that practicing both sides can yield
    benefits, but he also knew right & left would never be equal.
    Either way the operative phrase is mirror image execution, to
    activate both sides of the brain to create balance in any kind of
    physical training.

    In Ed Parker’s self-defense philosophy however, training should
    be based on a curriculum of well thought out systematically
    principled and progressive techniques. The mechanisms inherent
    in the process are designed to emphasize situational effectiveness
    with ambidexterity irrelevant to function. Movements should be
    performed on both sides to demonstrate effective basic skills
    generated by both sides of the brain with their own unique
    synaptic pathways. But, self-defense techniques are about
    competence and effectiveness within the sequence first, and
    emphasis must be place there as a top priority.

    Of course basic skills should be raised to an acceptable level of
    effectiveness, but the goal of balance in the execution of self-
    defense techniques in their mirror image is unnecessary, time
    consuming, and not physically possible when it comes to equity.

    The teachers who preach this both sides technique execution
    perspective themselves are not equally proficient on both sides.
    Most traditional styles and disciplines and even western boxing
    have techniques and moves used only from the left or right side.
    Most styles promote a left side forward to allow use of the right
    (strong) hand and leg from the rear. Even when the techniques
    change they still favor the right side. Even in those schools that
    promote equal side proficiency it is never, nor is it possible to be
    actually achieved.

    The reasons it is not possible are physiological involving a mental
    interaction with the body’s ability to perform. Each side of the
    body is controlled by opposite sides of the brain. For example,
    when learning a left kick, a synaptic pathway must be created or
    established through the right side of the brain and vice versa. No
    matter how you train, the left and right pathways will never be
    identical in function. Even though the two sides of the brain
    function together, they do not have identical ways of performing
    the same function. They may produce identical physical
    movement, but how the movements are produced and controlled
    from the brain are very different.

    Additionally the human body is not mathematically symmetrical in
    the true sense of the term. It is normal in human anatomy for
    one leg or arm to be longer than the other, and even different in
    diameter. Every muscle, tendon, cartilage, and even hair growth
    varies from side to side. World-class athletes do not stride, jump,
    throw, or move the same on both sides of the body. What is even
    more interesting is when an athlete is trained to be exactly
    symmetrical in their execution; it has been shown that physical
    performance actually declines overall. The body may be visually
    aesthetically symmetrical, but not precisely physically or
    mathematically.

    Most have unreasonable expectations with regard to weak side
    performance. If we anticipate we can train the weak side to
    perform equally with the strong, we are mistaken. Because of
    how the brain works, you cannot attain the exact same degree of
    skill on both sides. It would be like attempting to teach yourself
    to write equally as well with both hands. You may achieve an
    acceptable level on the weak side but the strong will always be
    better and dominant.

    Human beings have a natural physical preference to have a
    dominant side that is predetermined at birth. Even in cases where
    a person has activity dedicated dominance, they are always
    opposite of each other. I have a student who writes on one side,
    throws on the other, and still in baseball, bats opposite his dominant
    throwing side. But these activities are still functionally
    dedicated. He can’t write, bat, or throw equally with both. This
    dominance is so strong in human behavior; it cannot be
    overcome by external training.

    In the Chinese Martial Science, students are taught opposite most
    other later martial art disciplines with the strong side forward for
    practicality. In examining the basic idea of most techniques, they
    can be executed on the prescribed side or they can be executed
    in what Mr. Parker, called Half Mirror Image. That is a technique
    may be designed for one side attacking, however just because
    the opponent uses the other side or mirror, doesn’t mean you
    have to react in kind with a mirror response.

    The self-defense techniques Thrusting Salute and Buckling Branch
    as kicking defenses are both interchangeable whether the right or
    left kick is used in the attack. In Thrusting Salute the attack is a
    front kick with the right leg, and you respond with the prescribed
    Default Solution to that particular assault. When the attack of a
    left front kick is used in Buckling Branch, the attacker is now
    using the Mirror Image Assault of Thrusting Salute. However if
    you respond with the Default Solution to Thrusting Salute, you
    are in a Half Mirror Image Solution response. These attacks,
    although mirror opposites of each other, can be responded to
    with the same right handed response.

    This type of training only requires one side be developed
    significantly to be functional. The opposite side can and will also
    be developed, but performing a different function. In another
    example, in the attack for Delayed Sword (a right hand), you
    defend by stepping back with the left foot and executing with
    your front (right) hand. Attacking Mace (again an attacking right
    hand), does just the opposite, defending by stepping back with
    the right foot. Both techniques are developed independent of
    each other on opposite sides of the body, but they both function
    quite well with either right or left side dominance. Although all of
    Parker’s interpretations of his art tend to be right-handed,
    students with left-handed dominance can, and do flourish.

    But no matter how well you perform in symmetrical forms, the
    dominant side will always be more coordinated and controlled.
    However, in a fight or confrontation of significant stress, and
    given the choice, you will always have a preference for one side
    over the other.

    In closing, remember all interpretations of Ed Parker’s American
    Kenpo should be about self-defense first. Many, specifically in
    America, have confused through clever marketing, sport training
    with self-defense training. Cross training and symmetrical
    performance borrowed from sport training and tradition-laden
    disciplines, must take a back seat to practical function and
    applications in reality.

    For the same reasons of symmetrical dominance, with the
    addition of mechanical efficiency, please consider any passive
    non-action while opposite body parts are moving, as
    dysfunctional in human anatomy. This too violates the balanced
    perspective of anatomical movement as well.

    The Ed Parker Slap check (or pak sao in Chinese), and all its
    many subcategories and functions are always in some manner
    active. To achieve certain balanced skills, it is imperative that
    both sides of the body be active and functional at all times, and
    never ever passive.

    True ambidexterity is a myth and although it is worthy of pursuit,
    it should not overshadow the quest for practical application first.
    They don’t fight in tournaments they compete. On the street,
    right or left is irrelevant to survival. You should be capable of
    using both sides of your body, but not necessarily the same nor
    equal. Ed Parker was right handed, and so are the systems he
    created and influenced.
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    Great article! Thanks for posting it, Doc!
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    That is a fantastic article!
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    Excellant article, sir. Cleared up a few things in my mind.

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    Great article, Doc. Thank you for taking the time to post it for us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arizona Angel View Post
    Great article, Doc. Thank you for taking the time to post it for us.
    Posting was easy, writing it took the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc View Post
    Posting was easy, writing it took the time.
    One way or another, I sure appricaiate being able to read the things you write.
    Helps clear up some of the left and right ideas I have. Watching the others in my class mirror without a problem, I thought my left side was just broke. lol.
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    One way or another, I sure appricaiate being able to read the things you write.
    That's very sweet of you. Now, I have to go work on another article.
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    That's very sweet of you. Now, I have to go work on another article.
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    Now, I have to go work on another article.
    I would humbley say that Columbus might be a good place to write an article around the fellowship of other kenpoists.

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    was short 3 suppose to both sides?

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    I understand your arguments. I also agree, true ambidexterity is all but impossible. I also agree that the weak side will never be as capable as the strong side. I also agree, all things being equal one would fight on the strong side whenever possible.

    I do, however, believe that cicumstances can dictate that it is impossible to fight with the strong side. I believe it is time well spent developing skills on both sides, to the extent possible, while at the same time recognizing the limitations of the weak side.

    I don't think I have ever seen anyone outside of the EPAK schools who have suggested that training on both sides can actually be detrimental to your development and performance. From what I have seen in the Tracy schools, training both sides is accepted. From what I have seen in other Chinese arts, training both sides is considered important, even tho many of those systems are also one-sided in design. Any teacher of a Chinese art with whom I have spoken about this has agreed that even tho the art is one-sided, it is important to spend time training the material on the other side as well.

    While I understand your arguments and agree with much of your reasoning, I simply disagree with your position. fair enough.
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    I understand your arguments. I also agree, true ambidexterity is all but impossible. I also agree that the weak side will never be as capable as the strong side. I also agree, all things being equal one would fight on the strong side whenever possible.

    I do, however, believe that cicumstances can dictate that it is impossible to fight with the strong side. I believe it is time well spent developing skills on both sides, to the extent possible, while at the same time recognizing the limitations of the weak side.

    I don't think I have ever seen anyone outside of the EPAK schools who have suggested that training on both sides can actually be detrimental to your development and performance. From what I have seen in the Tracy schools, training both sides is accepted. From what I have seen in other Chinese arts, training both sides is considered important, even tho many of those systems are also one-sided in design. Any teacher of a Chinese art with whom I have spoken about this has agreed that even tho the art is one-sided, it is important to spend time training the material on the other side as well.

    While I understand your arguments and agree with much of your reasoning, I simply disagree with your position. fair enough.
    I suggest a re-read. Clearly you have miscomprehended something. What do you disagree with?
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    I suggest a re-read. Clearly you have miscomprehended something. What do you disagree with?

    Hmmm... well, it looks to me like your position is that while both sides of the body are used, they each play a different role. While both sides of the body are being used, they are being used differently. This is obviously not the same as training the SD techs on both sides, i.e. mirror image.

    I believe that there should be some level of ability to switch the roles played by each side.
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    I really enjoyed the article. In the past I used to practise the techniques on both sides as per my instructors advice. My current instructor advised that it is unneccessary. We have techniques to deal with attacks on either side of the body and really when free sparring we do use both sides don't we? Now I am a southpaw and do tend to switch back and forth between left and right when fighting. Maybe we lefties have an advantage?

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    I also enjoyed the article and i agree with most of it but coming from a competitve sports background using both sides equally or as close as you can come is a great advantage. One's motor skills with time and dilligence can be trained to do anything aside from physical limitations. When you first learn a technique you did not know it was left handed or right handed. If you had no choice but to learn it on the left as a right hander you would. Throwing a punch, kick or a block with either hand or leg doesn't take as much control or dexterity need to write your name with either hand. I also believe we should be working towards no holes in our games and we're only as good as our weakest link. Someone who know's how to handle themselves shouldn't allow some to beat them with their strong side they should make you work. The great samurai Miyamoto never fought the same person with the same technique or weapon twice so he wouldn't expose the weakness's he did have. So there must be something said for training both sides but first let's do the stuff right the ideal way first.

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    Looking forward to your next article Doc!

    Thanks for posting, a great read

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc View Post
    ”The Ambidexterity Myth” The Ed Parker Slap check (or pak sao in Chinese), and all its many subcategories and functions are always in some manner active. To achieve certain balanced skills, it is imperative that both sides of the body be active and functional at all times, and never ever passive. .


    Nice.

    And it’s been pretty well verified that those that DO NOT “use both sides of the body” do get energy problems, problems that lead eventually to un-coordination, homolateralness, and scrambled energies.

    And the simple action of doing circles on the ends of straight lines, and straight lines on the ends of circles (MR. Parker’s OLD definition for Chi) leads to development of the natural figure 8’s of the energy body from the chromosome level outwards.

    Thank you for a very informative article with many specific chunks of information for different areas of Kenpo Karate development.

    ©Dr. John M. La Tourrette

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    Quote Originally Posted by flying crane View Post
    I don't think I have ever seen anyone outside of the EPAK schools who have suggested that training on both sides can actually be detrimental to your development and performance. .
    That was a concept that Bruce Lee also taught.

    Mr. Lee's primary reasoning was (my paraphrase) that it will take 5X's a long to get the non-dominant side even close to the dominant side.

    So, make the non-dominant side "basic level" effective, and take the rest of the time and make the dominant side 10's more effective.

    Now, the non-dominant side is very good at a few things that augment the dominant side, so focus on that aspect.

    ©Dr. John M. La Tourrette

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