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    American Chúan Fa
    Points Of Engagement

    (Taken from the 102 Orange Belt Course Workbook)


    In My American Chúan Fa/Kenpo System there is by design like most, defined footwork for various applications of offensive and defensive maneuvers. But, one of the things emphasized in our basic training is that all forms of footwork have distinctive predictable functional points of engagement to optimize their applications.

    These points of engagement are numerical and allow the teacher to be specific in application with regard to the upper and lower platform synchronicity thus defining basics even more, relative to applications and the understandings thereof of the “how” in execution.

    Much like my teacher, the late Ed Parker Sr. who created the concept of the “Clock Principle” to better help students and teachers alike to understand directional applications, I feel the American Chúan Fa Footwork Points of Engagement, will be just as revolutionary in the teaching, learning, and strict codification of the system to contribute to its longevity as a system itself.

    By better defining what you do, and ensuring each generation learns the system properly, the system survives and insures generational access to the original information as taught to First Generation Practitioners. This is “old school training” where the student is given information and is expected to learn and execute as instructed.

    Physical limitations are compensated for by high-level instructors who will make decisions on “tailoring” for individuals who need it, and those adjustments will remain philosophically within the parameters of the system mandates. However, these individual “adjustments" will not be allowed to become a part of the system even though it may be a part of a necessary interpretation for a particular individual.

    Preservation of the system is the number one priority, followed by effective training applications for the students. If you take care of the first, it insures the second will be best served for the many. Contrary to the popular philosophy specifically created for commercial applications, “tailoring” does not belong in the hands of the novice nor is everyone’s body different. In medical school they teach just the opposite, and anomalies in human physiology are rare so that philosophy, while valid from the perspective of allowing a commercial self-defense product to be “sale-able,” does not prolong longevity in a system or its students creating perishable skills.

    While this lays a foundation from generation to generation, it does not mean there isn't room for evolution but, in our system change flows from the top down as necessary, not from the inexperienced and unskilled who think they know best how to “tailor” for themselves. Although we are speaking of footwork here, this philosophy permeates every physical manifestation of the system. The Science of Human Movement forms the basis of “how" we do everything, while the philosophy of the art gives us the “what” and the “why” the science is executed.

    But, back to the topic, explaining Points Of Engagement. As an example, “drag-step” forward and reverse is a basic footwork taught to all students in the beginning. But footwork without context creates some very large holes for “Interpretive Applications.” This is discouraged in students who lack the ability to interpret properly and within physical and philosophical mandates of the system.

    In “drag-step,” each physical movement is assigned a numerical designation. This allows the teacher to bring the movements of the upper body into sync with the lower body in the learning process. “Drag-step” has six (6) Points Of Engagement whether moving forward or reverse. By being able to specifically pinpoint what the upper body and hands are doing with what the feet are doing gives students what they really desire and need; a definitive way to execute they can practice over and over without variation, and thus arrive at potable physical skills, much like a worker on an assembly line who become highly skilled through proper and correct repetition.

    Mr. Parker used to say, “Practice doe not make perfect.” An old phrase he took issue with. He would say; “Perfect practice makes perfect.” “But,” he continued, “Perfect practice makes perfect, but it also makes permanent.”

    These are reps that count. Anything else has no longevity in the dynamics of human martial interactivity.
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    I may regret this, but this sounds a LOT like the break stance method.

    I'm going to duck and cover under my desk now...
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenpoMD View Post
    I may regret this, but this sounds a LOT like the break stance method.

    I'm going to duck and cover under my desk now...
    You should be ashamed.....
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    Oh my God. Did he really say that ?
    "To be, rather than to seem"

    "Fix your rear foot ... What the hell is wrong with you?"

    "...I already watched the videos, and quite frankly, they're bullsh*t."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc View Post
    You should be ashamed.....
    I am. I really am.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkC View Post
    Oh my God. Did he really say that ?
    Physicians always have a morbid sense of humor. I have one at my house and she drives me crazy, but what can I do? The good news is she's at work all the time, but don't tell her I said that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc View Post
    Physicians always have a morbid sense of humor. I have one at my house and she drives me crazy, but what can I do? The good news is she's at work all the time, but don't tell her I said that.
    Don't worry. Your secret is safe with us and the rest of the Internet .
    Don't only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenpoMD View Post
    Don't worry. Your secret is safe with us and the rest of the Internet .
    Thank goodness she's not on the internet except for research.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc View Post
    Physicians always have a morbid sense of humor. I have one at my house and she drives me crazy, but what can I do? The good news is she's at work all the time, but don't tell her I said that.
    He's not a physician. He's been lying to us for years.
    Be careful what you say, some may take it the wrong way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdinca View Post
    He's not a physician. He's been lying to us for years.
    His morbid sense of humor is worse than I thought. "I'm not a physician but I used to play one on the playground."
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdinca View Post
    He's not a physician. He's been lying to us for years.
    Who said I was a doctor? Oh wait, is that why they call me that at work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenpoMD View Post
    Who said I was a doctor? Oh wait, is that why they call me that at work?
    "When I first joined MartialTalk and picked my screen name , which I use here as well, I actually lived just a few miles from Maryland in the DC area and this never even occurred to me. I am moving to Pennsylvania in a few weeks so maybe I should change my name to KenpoPA."

    Come clean now. Are you an MD, or did you just play one on TV?
    Be careful what you say, some may take it the wrong way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdinca View Post
    "When I first joined MartialTalk and picked my screen name , which I use here as well, I actually lived just a few miles from Maryland in the DC area and this never even occurred to me. I am moving to Pennsylvania in a few weeks so maybe I should change my name to KenpoPA."

    Come clean now. Are you an MD, or did you just play one on TV?
    If I changed my name to KenpoPA everybody would think I was a physicians assistant and I wouldn't get the respect I deserve!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenpoMD View Post
    If I changed my name to KenpoPA everybody would think I was a physicians assistant and I wouldn't get the respect I deserve!
    Or you could just go, "Kenpo Bones" Doc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenpoMD View Post
    If I changed my name to KenpoPA everybody would think I was a physicians assistant and I wouldn't get the respect I deserve!
    Lol! Touché.
    Be careful what you say, some may take it the wrong way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenpoMD View Post
    Who said I was a doctor? Oh wait, is that why they call me that at work?
    Probably. I hear from the boss lady they tend to notice when you're around.
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