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    Default Surprise Attacks

    No matter how much or how little training you have, Personally what is your strong suit or gut reaction in a surprise attack?

    Are you a offensive or defensive by nature?

    Do you kick or punch or both?

    Do you react by doing a bonafide Tec? Or do you use the Equation formula and come up with something Kenpoish, or is it something totally off-the-wall?
    Elaborate on how you react.

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    Formulate on the spot from the vocabulary I already have.
    Not a big believer in the whole "I'll pull off a by the book Technique" theory. It's not very alive or responsive. The times I need to use my martial arts skills I usually tend to formulate on the spot in order to make the response appropriate to the needs and restrictions of the situation I'm in. Flow with the moment I guess.


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    I tend to use joint manipulation and throws. I'm aggressive in sparring- very offensive at times.. ahems

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    Im aggressive. Any hesitation can cause me to lose an advantage. Not to mention adreniline would be in my favour.

    I have never needed to pull off an entire technique. I usually do traps, throws, or otherwise take folks to the ground.
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    Default Re: Surprise Attacks

    I like to open up with the beginning of Thundering Hammers or Five Swords, from there, I wing it.
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    I agree - Five swords is a very good way to start a counter against an opponent. You can do so much from that begining point
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    Lightbulb Re: Surprise Attacks

    Since we're talking about surprise attacks, I would probably do pieces (or "grafts") of techniques; whatever was appropriate for the attack.
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    IMO, I think that it would all come down to what is happening at the current time. This is one of the reasons why its important to work spontanious drills during class.

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    Default Re: Surprise Attacks

    Quote Originally Posted by MJS
    IMO, I think that it would all come down to what is happening at the current time. This is one of the reasons why its important to work spontanious drills during class.

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    Couldn't agree more. Being able to be spontanious, I think, IS the key. That's one of the beautiful things about Kenpo IMHO!! That there's not position (or more importantly, relative position) from which you don't know multiple options to do "From There"...so if you have a high degree of sensitivity and can react to the needs of the moment, the Kenpo-response will just flow and be dynamic.

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    Default Re: Surprise Attacks

    As someone who is currently trying to be more spontaneous versus mechanical, I think I would look to control the opponents weapon first, then go into the appropriate response.

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    Control is usually the second step for most. Deflect/Defend is usually the first.
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    I don’t know if I would be classified as offensive or defensive but I tent to go after or intercept what is coming at me. If it’s a punch coming in I tend to respond with a kenpo’ish 5 swords response. Sometimes all said and done I’ve hit my target with a few more strikes then normal and not all look like perfect equation formula strikes. (maybe a back hand or ridge hand thrown in) But I did something! LOL
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    I am big on spontaneous responses, once I stop the attck I keep hitting until they hit the ground, the few times i have had to defend myself I have done the same thing.
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    Often thought that in a supprise situation my first reaction would be one of pure viciousness.. for reasons of intimidation and gaining a second to take in teh situation..

    however I was in DC and a friend of mine thought he woudlbe funny and attacked me from behind.. I turned and did a rising block alla long 2 and started to drive my fist into his floating ribs from a nice close kneel.

    so I guess.. I am not sure how I would react to the "Supprise" attack.. but it was a good feeling that technique kicked in without thinking.
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    I believe I'm defensive by nature and would sooner parry than strike.
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    iv had moments where my Kenpo comes out.. footwork, navigating thru crowds... i naturally do crossovers... and kneels when i have to get something off the ground..

    once i was at this bar and had several drinks.. not wasted by any means but fuzzy.. coming out of the bathroom.. and someone pushes the door really fast inward towards me.. immediatly i stepped back (i think i stepped back, or i was already in a neutral position, cant remember lol) and shot an inward block to the door without thinking. and i stopped it.. i didnt push with the block, i struck it with enough force to stop it. little things like that reassure me that things are becoming readily available to me as i progress in Kenpo...

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    Every attack is different, and so is my response. But, usually, I just do what comes naturally- then, when it's over, I go and clean my pants!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedan View Post
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