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    Dr. Chapel,

    Going through the old threads on here I have come across a couple times that you reference that SGM Parker only used up to Short 3 and that the forms after that were for the commercial vehicle of Kenpo.

    How do you practice Short 3? Do you run it through once "as is" so to speak and then go through it using the opposite side so you don't have the awkward transitions like Long 3? or Do you just run it through on the one side?

    As always thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.

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    Anyone?

    Is there anyone else who may have studied the SL-4 curriculum and know how this form is implemented?

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    Default Re: Short 3 vs. Long 3

    Quote Originally Posted by punisher73 View Post
    Dr. Chapel,

    Going through the old threads on here I have come across a couple times that you reference that SGM Parker only used up to Short 3 and that the forms after that were for the commercial vehicle of Kenpo.

    How do you practice Short 3? Do you run it through once "as is" so to speak and then go through it using the opposite side so you don't have the awkward transitions like Long 3? or Do you just run it through on the one side?

    As always thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.
    Although some believe there is another side to "Short Three," the form is complete as is. The opposite side in a sense in the motion curriculum is explored in "Long Three."

    This becomes difficult to understand sometimes because of the progression of the creation of the forms, and their purpose. The tendency is to think Ed Parker sat down one day, started with yellow Belt, and created the curriculum, and when finished, moved on to Orange. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    Therefore there is no "awkward transition," nor was there ever one intended. Now in the commercial schools, there are a great deal of "busy work" exploration designs to artificially elongate the process for student retention. Now that being said, this exploration is not inherently bad, in that all of it is good. However, even in the commercial system, much of it is unnecessary to achieve the overall goal of reasonable self defense skills. Things like "techniques on both sides," ignores Ed Parker built the right and left side in the techniques. He recognized you can use both left and right efficiently, but it was not necessary to use both sides in the exact same way. The human body doesn't work that way, and will not yield the results you think. True ambidexterity is a myth.
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