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- an anonymous brick puncher
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I think the Grapple Control Mechanism (GCM) most people are familiar within is the Braced Index, which is typically used to defend against an attacker trying to encircle you with his arms (front bear hug). The GCM must be accompanied with other Alignment Mechanisms to be most affective. If you use properly executed Body Alignment Mechanism (BAM, usually used to align the Upper Platform) and Platform Alignement Mechanisms (PAM, used to align the Lower Platform) along with a properly executed Thrusting Index resulting in a Braced Index you will have achieved what is referred to in SubLevel Kenpo as the Statue Principle.
However, a GCM is just that, a mechanism that controls your attacker's ability to grapple you. Through Psychology of Confrontation Theory and Reading and Reacting to Martial Posture you may end up using several different GCMs throughout the course of a self defense technique. A specifically executed strike, to a specific target can result in your attacker being forced into a Negative Martial Posture resulting in momentary control of your attackers ability to grapple ... hence GCM.
It is our goal in SubLevel Kenpo (as I am sure with other Martial Sciences) to control the space while engaged with an attacker ... at all times. No moment is left unaccounted for. Every single body part is allocated to a specific task/function.
It seemed like a lot of posters were familiar with SubLevel Kenpo. I hope I didn't ramble on too much with too many SLK centric terms.
These are not the SubLevel Kenpo definitions for these terms, merely a brief description to give deeper understanding to this post...
Lower Platform - below the waist
Upper Platform - above the waist
Statue Principle - when the lower and upper platforms are aligned with one another making the entire body virtually immovable
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