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    Default Re: Article/Blog on "hard" vs. "soft" blocking

    Quote Originally Posted by jdinca View Post
    Absolutely, Mark. I don't disagree. Inward Defense is an inward that rolls into a snapping chop to the neck, both of our versions of Five Swords start with the inward and rolls into a slicing chop through the throat. There are a number of techniques where it's an inward that flows to a back knuckle(THAT'S a nice combination). The key in proper execution is to make sure the circle isn't too big, or absolutely flat. But, it's different from the soft hand block. When the soft hand block is incorporated, movement changes based on the muscles used for the different blocks. I find myself faster and smoother with the shb, but that doesn't mean it's the same for everybody.

    Remember that CMA has been blended into our system for several decades. That doesn't mean that one is better than the other, it means that GM Lee felt the soft hand block would be a great addition to the Kenpo base of the system. I'm not in a position to argue and what time I've had in the system has proven it's worth to me.
    We have the "Inward Defense A, B, C, and D" here. Sound similar. What I was describing earlier is a bit different. You bring the hand that just completed the inward block to lightly touch (BAM) yor sternum, then continue the movement over one width zone, to the plane your right shoulder is on (assuming you did a right inward block), then fire the heel-palm. You can see this in action in the SL-3 section here.
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    Default Re: Article/Blog on "hard" vs. "soft" blocking

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkC View Post
    We have the "Inward Defense A, B, C, and D" here. Sound similar. What I was describing earlier is a bit different. You bring the hand that just completed the inward block to lightly touch (BAM) yor sternum, then continue the movement over one width zone, to the plane your right shoulder is on (assuming you did a right inward block), then fire the heel-palm. You can see this in action in the SL-3 section here.
    Is this the video you're talking about, Mark?



    If this is what you're referring to, then I can see what you're talking about. The only real difference between the video and how I was taught is the light BAM. I do like those videos.
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    Default Re: Article/Blog on "hard" vs. "soft" blocking

    Yep.
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    Default Re: Article/Blog on "hard" vs. "soft" blocking

    Quote Originally Posted by jdinca View Post
    Sounds good. No reason not to train it that way. Would you try something for me? Try the soft block to a back knuckle and an inward block to a back knuckle. Keep the same path of travel on the soft block as the inward block. I'd be curious to see what your thoughts are on the difference.
    Frankly, I have a hard time with the backfist from an open hand. I have to stop and process it because I'm so used to following up with the sword hand.

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