This page contains general notes for which I have no other place.
Tailor your weapons to fit the target
Similar attacks but different defenses
The main thing to note in this section is that everyone does not always understand that Lone Kimono and Conquering Shield, for example, are not simply defenses against a left handed lapel grab. I've seen people miss the finer points of the techniques, end up running them wrong and not understanding the real differences between some of the techniques.
If you are held in place or going forward, you can also use Circling Wing.
With that said, you can run Obscure Sword if you are pulled back by stepping back to 7:00 with your right foot as you are pulled. You are now in the same position as you would have been if you stepped to 1:30 with your right foot. Much trickier this way.
What if techniques
The second technique on each line is the what if of the first technique. For example; what if you were running Locked Wing and the attacker blocked your rear elbow strike? You would run Flight To Freedom instead.
The first technique on each line is the opposite of the next technique. Opposites & Reverses are found throughout Kenpo techniques and forms. Refer to my Black Belt Assignment on Opposites & Reverses. Opposites in techniques also show an example of how to use the concepts of altering your targets and weapons.
The reason it's interesting (and important I suppose) to note the similarities of numerous techniques is that you can see how to use the same general defense against varied attacks. You also see how to use the concepts of altering your targets and weapons.
Information on Forms/Sets/Isolations
In the last 2 pieces of Short 2, we also see rear hand defense with lead hand defense and rear hand offense.
The Universal Pattern
Notice that each of the major elements in the Universal Pattern can be seen from different angles.
The triangle can be found in the path of motion in a parry, (horizontal with your shoulders acting as the base). For coverouts, again laid horizontal with your rear foot at the peak your front foot would follow the base line.
The diamond shows a path of action. An example would be an inward block on a downward, diagonal path or an upward block.
The circle (or circular motion) could be found by following the line the foot travels on in a roundhouse kick, or the footwork in Brushing the Storm.
The oval (an elongnated circle) could be found in Snapping Twig or Locked Wing.
The Figure Eight can be seen in the single hand moves at the end of Dance of Death (back knuckle strike to the left knee followed by the handsword to the groin) as well as in the opening moves of Snaking Talons and Entwined Maces.
The Overlapping Circles can be found in the first moves of Circling Fans and in the feet on Securing The Storm. The overlapped circles can be side by side or at an angle to one another.
The Heart can be found in the opening moves of Blinding Sacrifice (vertical, with the point at bottom), Thrusting Wedge (again vertical) and Fatal Cross (horizontal with the point towards attacker).
Forms & Sets
Notes Grappling Sticks/Knives