Date: 07 Sep 1998
Hi Kevin ,
Glad you read the book ! It cuts through the
Martial arts b @#$ we have been handed down
over the years ! And yet , denial will persist even in the face of those truths , usually in the ‘talkers’ as opposed to the ‘walkers ‘ ! Another book I recommend is ‘ watch my back ‘ by Geoff Thompson …lots of ‘mindset’ ! Recall that when I began this forum many traditionalists were and still are skeptical in many ways , but at least they
are able to spell M-I-N-D-S-E-T !!
You write “it was interesting to see that he
included in the "toolbox" backfist, shuto chop,elbow strike. he also is not a big fan of kicks especially if they are above the waist. “ Those are the ‘touch stones ‘ of Uechi , and I would not ever recommend closed hand fist strikes other than backfist ! Hard to program , though , as the fist is the primal weapon , albeit , a fragile one ! [ you will get an argument on this , bet on it ]! Rabesa’s front kicks are the best in the business under stress as they are ‘low flyers under radar ‘ and take advantage of natural walking forward motion ! In addition to that style kick , I have used with great success- in real fights - the low ‘skimming’ roundhouse kick which starts as a front
step forward and then hooks to the floating rib ! Other than those , kicking can be pretty tricky when you are confronting a real charging opponent! The high fancy kicks will sometime work in tournaments , but they are quickly discarded by full contact fighters as they open you up and tire you down !
You wrote “combined with awareness ,pre- emptive striking and continuos action follow up it appears that Uechi has the seeds of a great self defense style.” This is the heart of what Rabesa and I have been preaching for years i.e. , use blocks offensively to set up the next blows !…. DOES NOT SINK IN ….consider the following from Thompson’s book
….he squared off with an opponent wielding a
champagne bottle in his left hand .…words led to action ….the opponent makes an imperceptible move drawing his foot to the rear signaling the wind up for the bottle swing , Thompson hits him with a right cross just as he reads the move in his eyes , and knocks him out ! That’s what one of the
basic mindset components that wins the fight , the rest is all dreams !
You wrote “nurturing these seeds will require some hard work ,developing the proper mindset and learning to recognize and channel fear(adrenaline).
“You are correct …this is very difficult ….people are in constant denial ….they simply will not accept themselves for what they are ; they embrace chimeras in folly and self destruction , and when push comes finally to shove , they look for a rat hole … “ Very few people carry the moral fiber necessary for pugilism “ [ Thompson‘ Mindsetting for combat is an ongoing subconscious process that continues for life once having stepped on it’s foundations! Problem is , we should
recognize that as practitioners of martial arts we have an obligation to ourselves and to our students to carry our studies far on the dynamics of confrontations , but we don’t , and as we hide behind the wall of poorly understood traditional concepts , we find ourselves as ‘ mostly paper tigers standing on sugar pedestals “ [ Geoff Thompson ] !
Thank you for your participation to the forum !