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If Self Defense Techniques Are Constantly Being Modified, Should Our Empty Hand Form's Follow Suite As Well?
Over the last ten years or so I have seen great changes take place in the area of Kenpo self-defense techniques. Many of these changes have brought incredible brilliance to the mat so to speak. So as with the title, should our empty hand forms follow along to reflect the changes.
Now if course if the answer is yes, this could be a double edge sword. With the grand number of high ranking Kenpoists around the world today. And with most creating improvement, no two schools would be teaching the same exact forms, or for that matter the same techniques.
But as we all know, changes have been constant since 1990 during which time the Huge Dispersion took place. With that said, the only two schools of Kenpo that would be teaching the same material are those of which would belong to the same Organization.
I personally believe and welcome the creation of improvements and change if those changes bring about a better way of getting the desired result. I also believe in preserving what brought us here in the first place because without that knowledge, we wouldn't be where we are with Kenpo now.
Embrace the changes in both areas, embrace the new creations of better ways to get the desired results, while at the same time preserving the methods that brought us where we are. As one present day Grand Master said (As Long As The Principles and Concepts Are There, The Material Is Correct)
SM Paul Britton
Over the past year, our State (Louisiana ) has gone through a very Political year (With Elections) Both State wide and now starting in December with local elections, has been to say the least time consuming among other things.
For those members who are unaware, I live in Greensburg La, which is located right in the middle of St Helena Parish. For any members who are in the Field of Law Enforcement, I'm sure you are well aware of what the end result of some elections can bring.
I won't go into the details of what is actually going on here, but I will say that the process has consumed much of my time and energy. So now it's time to get back on track.
My congratulations to the students promoted by Master Tim Bulot at Mark Reddings School in Denton Texas on August 22nd, 2015. No question the Promotions were well deserved. And because Kenpo is constantly changing, and new ideas are being presented. It's very energizing to see what new methods will arise in the years to come.
And when you have such skillful and knowledgeable Masters such as Mr. Bulot and Mr Whelan, it's no surprise as to what their students will develop over time.
SM Paul Britton CEO
Making The Same Circle Around The Same Mountain
The title of this is very important when you think about how it relates to everything we do, no matter the endeavor. To many individuals make the attempt to make things or something better without ever changing the combination or the order in which something is done.
Everything improves, everything becomes updated, everything changes for the better only if we have the courage to step out of the Boat and make it that way. Kenpo is no different, there are changes being made to the art by people all over the world. Some changes have been done without thought and others have been done with incredible results. In these cases, we can look at these results and become awestruck with the response of (Wow, why didn't I think of that?) I will tell you from personal experience, that we never stop being students regardless of what Rank we hold.
If we take a close look at History, we end up discovering those individuals who made the decision not to just settle and say the words (This is as good as it gets) Another very important point is understanding that whatever modifications are made, they need to end the confrontation within the first three or four strikes if possible.
I know from personal experience from being a Police Officer for the last 20 years that on the street, you will never have the chance to ever complete any technique that you have learned in the studio setting, much less even graduate to the extension of one.
One of the best ways to bridge the gap between a self defense technique that cannot be completed are the freestyle fighting combinations. These combinations can easily eliminate the thoughts of (What do I do now?) And the best signal that your attacker can give you for this is (The hands usually go where the pain is)
SM Paul Britton CEO
Back Knuckle Verses The Hammerfist
Within the last couple of years, I began to experiment with the use of a hammerfist in replacement of the back knuckle in self defense techniques. And for the following reason's.
When we were taught our four basic blocks. We were taught to block with the forearm facing outward regardless of the direction along with the forearm being at a 45 degree angle, creating a strong angle of deflection.
Had we been taught to block as the art of Issin Ryu does, we would have the top of our forearm facing out which would be complimentary with the back knuckle. Take Reversing Mace as an example, we create the motion of the circling fans or double parry to the outside of the arm, then continue the flow of motion with a right back knuckle.
Now execute the same motion, but replace the back knuckle with a hammerfist. Now before you shake your head and say so, let me tell you what changed my mind. We all use different types of training equipment for conditioning, but for me it wasn't about conditioning.
It was about creating more damage to my attacker while at the same time delivering twice the power in the strike. One of the test that I conducted was hitting a telephone pole and one of the four by fours on my porch using both. As you can imagine, the knuckles on the hard wood surface caused me to not be able to hit hard. But the hammerfist was quite the opposite. Now I'm not suggesting that you try it, but I did it for my own experiment.
Try doing a spinning hammerfist instead of a spinning back knuckle.
Food For Thought.
SM Paul Britton, CEO
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