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    Category Completion seems to be one of the most widely used and least explained terms in all of EPAK. What is your definition of this term, how does it apply to how you use/approach the art and can you give specific examples where it is demonstrated?

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    Default Re: Category Completion

    Quote Originally Posted by bdparsons
    Category Completion seems to be one of the most widely used and least explained terms in all of EPAK. What is your definition of this term, how does it apply to how you use/approach the art and can you give specific examples where it is demonstrated?

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    Category Completion = Completing Categories, so many techniques in the kenpo system are similar in certain ways. This is becasue they are all a part of different categories.
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    Default Re: Category Completion

    Category completion is most widely used by Huk Planas, perhaps one of his students could provide more insight.
    Just because you do something one way, does not mean that everyone else does it that way, or that it is even the correct way.

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    Default Re: Category Completion

    Category completion has to do with the movements within technqiues as opposed to the techniques themselves. For example, if someone is attacking us with a step through straight right punch, there are a number of reactions that we can take (depending on our environment and the targets that are available). For instance, we could move to the inside or outside of the punch; we could step back or forward; and possibly even move over or under the attack. As we explore these possibilities, we in turn, are learning how to complete categories of defense.

    As another example, if you look at the beginner techniques, you will see that Delayed Sword covers the upper left quadrant, while Sword of Destruction covers the upper right quadrant. Then you have Deflecting Hammer which covers the lower right quadrant, and for those that still teach Intellectual Departure, this technique covers the lower left quadrant. Also, since most beginners have a tendency to step back when attacked (to get the heck out of the way), note that in all of these techniques are left foot is back, and we are using our strong side forward.

    The problem that I have about category completion, however, is that there are many kenpoists out there who say that kenpo has a number of "don't do" techniques and that were only put in the system to complete a category. I advocate all 154 techniques, plus the 96 extensions and think all of them work if taught correctly.

    Hope that helps!

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    Default Re: Category Completion

    I have been working through this question myself, recently. My instructor is no doubt, attempting to answer the question, or lead me to finding the answer myself. But, recently several things have come together, that I think are leading me in the correct direction.

    Mr. Planas often says that all Martial Arts are made up of two things; Basics and Techniques. He then queries the student to define Techniques as sequences of Basics. So, really, all Martial Arts are made up from 'Basics'.

    I put that together with the phrase 'Category Completion'. ... A term with which I am still not certain I understand.

    Somewhere, I got the idea of the Universal Pattern as component of the Category Completion idea. Don't know where.

    So, what am thinking .... is to take a basic ... let's say, a handsword with the right hand. This is the first hand strike I learned, in Delayed Sword.

    I see this right handsword attacking on 10:30 - 4:30 line of the Universal Pattern in Delayed Sword

    I see the right handsword attacking on the 1:30 - 7:30 line of the Universal Pattern in Sword of Destruction.

    I see the right handsword attacking on the 4:30 - 10:30 line of the Universal Pattern in Flashing Wings.

    Once I use the right handsword on all 8 lines of the Universal Pattern, I have COMPLETED the CATEGORY for that Basic.

    A note .... the handsword does not work on the 6:00 - 12:00 line very easily (our body doesn't bend that way), so the right ridgehand strike in Dance of Death.

    Now, when I put these pieces together, I thought to myself, it can't be that simple, can it?

    Well ... in discussions with my peers and my instructor, we have been directed to look at moves bigger than a 'Basic'.

    I'm still working on that one ...

    Mike

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