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    Unhappy Technique Names:

    I understand the code words used to describe techniques,
    but why are some techniques named after the attack and others named after the defense??


    What have I learned from this???

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    Default Re: Technique Names:

    Lets look at Attacking Mace and Defensive Cross

    Atttacking Mace refers to your "mace" attacking, or striking the opponent.

    Defensive Cross refers to the cross block used to defend against the front kick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dubljay
    Lets look at Attacking Mace and Defensive Cross

    Atttacking Mace refers to your "mace" attacking, or striking the opponent.

    Defensive Cross refers to the cross block used to defend against the front kick.
    Thanks, but I understand the code words (and descriptive adjectives for that matter ) ,
    However, the question was WHY? some techniques are named after the attack and others are named after the defense (is there a reason??)
    "Attacking Mace" could have been called "Returning Mace", "Countering Mace", "Blocking the Mace" or something else, why name it after the attack???


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    Default Re: Technique Names:

    Rick look at what you are doing after the push, you are giving it to him with your maces, (fist)
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    Ya know, I bet any of Mr. Parker's students could answer this. Dennis Conatser, Ron Chapel, Tom Kelly, Sr. or Sigung LaBounty would all be readily able to answer. They all used to be named for color of the belt and actual number, e.g. Orange #12, or Blue #16. Technique names, especially when his students started breaking off began to become more important. I personally think that some of the names were just cool sounding ... and named that way. It's easy to name something like Squeezing the Peach, but to come up with Kimono Grab, Monkey Elbow or Crossing the Mountains (Chinese Kenpo), then they became something like Lone Kimono, Twin Kimono, or Snaking Talon. Sooner or later you run out of names, nothing wrong with naming for the attack, in fact I challenge my students to come up with their own frame of reference for why a technique is named the way it is, before giving them the one that the Ideal Phase Instructor's Notes gives. It can be fun and an exercise in teaching them logic.
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    Default Re: Technique Names:

    I was a little too quick on the keyboard,
    I should have used "Captured Twigs" or "Grasp of Death" instead of "Attacking Mace" which does describe the defense, however I quickly thought of the Right Straight Punch attack which brings me back to my original question.
    Why are some techniques named after the attack??


    With the "Defense against...." description and Web of Knowledge to identify and categorize the Attack, I would expect all technique names to describe the defense (motion used to counter the attack).


    I guess you would run out of names sooner or later.
    I was just wondering........

    Thanks for your replies!!
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    Default Re: Technique Names:

    This was really a good question, and is a thread that needs to be revisited since we so many more members now.
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    The names reflect the lesson of the tech, be it the attack or defense. All the techs with the word calming imply you are inside a rotation. All the techs with the word storm imply a club defense tech and mentality. Tripping Arrow is an introduction to strike down, ect.
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    Default Re: Technique Names:

    isnt 'arrow' that stance that you end up in after the take down?

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    Default Re: Technique Names:

    Arrow is the thrusting heel palm, but it just doesn't matter because the key word is "Tripping" and there is the lesson. But if you do an arrow stance that is cool.
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    I always thought the names were simply there to help you remember the technique. It's a lot easier to remember "Crossed Branches" than it is to remember "Technique # 142." lol

    The names are generally given based on something specific to the technique in order to help you remember it. It's not important to know "why" the name is what it is. It's important that you retain the information contained within the technique (principles and applications, etc.) Focus your energy on that instead. =)
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    The names are a code that will give you a clue as to what the technique is all about. That alone should greatly help the student in the beginning levels.
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    Default Re: Technique Names:

    The synonyms used in the self-defense techniques were developed for several reasons. Their usage makes the names of the self-defense techniques more colorful, descriptive, and interesting. Secondly, the name often indicates the attacking weapon, or your response to the attack.

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