Gary Khoury Sensei and J.D. San-
Re Meeting of minds: And I quote from that fbled text, the Secret Scrolls of Self-defense, Scroll number whatever it may be:'Hit 'em hard, hit 'em fast, hit 'em first and don't be last.'
By hit 'em first in this ancient scroll which I wrote, I mean you should not let them hit you first, not that you should blast a potential attacker into oblivion.
Some people, being macho, want to show off their conditioning by letting the opponent hit them one or more times.
The saying above epitomizes the true art of Okinawan Kenpo , which sparred full out with armor and , similar to Uechi, controlled conact without it, and emphasized three things:Form, Power and speed.
Form which follows function or rather creates function, i.e. circular blocks that deflect greater strength with arcs of circles properly and powerfully applied,strikes and kicks and punches also arcing in past blocks and under, around or through them:-),and flowing Chinese multiple hand combinations from in close overwhelming an opponent's defense, each thown with maximum power..
This sound familiar to Uechi practitioners?It should!
Line by line, then:'Hit 'em hard'
Practice of proper body dynamics through correct for and kata builds proper delivery, thus power.Repetitions, heavy bag, ec., builds more strength in the body.Lift weights or do other equivalent excercises if you wish and need.First build, form then power, and with repetition of form with power comes speed.
Hit 'em fast.Without enough speed, you will be hit first, second and third.Not good.Speed comes from learning to use only the mucles necessary to deliver a properly fomed technique or techniques with maximum power.Those who deliver speed with no power can be found in karate touraments and dojo sparring everywhere, because the only thing necessary to win sparring matches and tournaments of point fighting is speed, and a little form.In a real fight, these will go down fast and hard, and do.First form(for cover, protection and proper foudation) then power(for proper 'whackum'), then speed(to get there fustest with the mostest(sun tzu, I believe, as translated by a Civil War General).
Hit 'em first.Block their attack, or intercept it, or evade it.Conditioning is for when all these fail, to give you one last chance to live.Or just beat 'em to the punch.But if you see them coming, make the first solid blow that lands in a confrontation, be yours, not the other guy's.Stats show most street fights are won by the person delivering the first hard strike to the other one.Failing these, hit 'em as close to simultaneously as you can, to give yourself a chance.Old boxing trick:if they do hit you first, smile or laugh, and clean their clock.But don't, if you can, let themhit you first.They might just run the table, and you might jus lose your life.
'And don't be last.'Not the same as hit 'em first, don't be last means that you should train to react automatically in a situation, so that you aren't the last to know you are in a fight.Let the scumbag who attacks you be the last one to know, when and if he wakes up, that He has been in a fight.If your training
isreal, emphasizing good basics into the air, semisolid and solid objects, and done agains resisting partners,and good kata too,you should be able , when attacked by someone in third gear, to pass them by going from zero to sixty, 'overdrive',and overwhelming them before they can get there too.This I believe is the very highest level of ability, and what we all strive for.Yes, training can be fun, but it is training for this.
'Hit 'em hard, hit 'em fast, hit 'em first and don't be last.'
Those interested sould be aware that in traditional Okinawan Kenpo, points and such were taught only after Fourth Dan was reached.Until then the training emphasized Form, Power, Speed, twenty-seven basics,close in self defense waza (basically Jujitsu, they go for it or you break something), two-person drills emphasizing form, power and speed in close (six inches away) blocking and countering punches, kicks and strikes thrown to center line targets(miss the block at that distance , guess what-but you start soft and slow, till you get the hang of it, so very few injuries), and a series of graduated sparring drills, plus short fighting combiations and , oh, yes, kata.And makiwara, bag, hanging ball, and other object training.
Real sensible stuff and we were certainly not the only ones to do it.
Touches o' doom exist.But they are the last things you learn in that system, wherefrom they come.And we are taught that they don't always work, they are real hard to do in a full speed fight, and up to fourth Dan, everyone is taught form, power speed, control the center line, strike along the power lines<forward and sideward horizontal and vertical, to the centerline and through your own forward and side centerlines>and to blast the opponent ten feet back and follow them in throwing continuous flow full power techniques at speed.Wow, this is even scaring me!:-)
And we are also told the tuite moves are too slow to be used in a real fight, interestingly enough.They seem to be useful in a situation where you do want to show mercy, like with a drunken buddy at a party, or arresting someone.
And we are taught to protect the vulnerable areas of the body when in fights, as are Uechi practitioners, though in a slghtly different but related manner.
Anyway,there are tricks you can use, but it is best to have all the above as backup before trying any.
Hit 'em hard, fast, first(don't start fights but don't let them hit you first) and not last(to know you are in a fight.)
Interpretation of Ancient Secret Scroll provided free of charge:-), and hope it is of use to the general discussion.