Don’t train in ways that, being weaker than the enemy, you follow a beeline straight into the bear’s clutches.
Going to the center line is good but a practitioner well trained straight line and spiral line will have the advantage every time by developing sweep away techniques.
Attacking for the WCK method doesn't mean getting into anyone's clutches, it mean getting them in ours..
Using WCK concepts means we cannot afford to be afraid to go straight in--there may be no other choice. Once at close range we are where we want to be.
From this POV one should be afraid to NOT be direct, or to loose facing, or to loose control of the line, or to loose the offensive edge, or to use force on force, or to resist instead of release etc, but not afraid to go in--straight or not--it's what WE do...
Got another method? Good on you..!
More often because of the very short time we have to attack we will be moving the line AFTER entry. That is moving around the opponent once close to him.. Close range is our comfort zone because 80%-90% of the training is in this range. The use of energy is much like a high pressure stream of water. We need to fire that energy into the center continuously and do so at close range.. If you can't hack it right in their face don't use these concepts.. It's the safest place to be when your real friend is your continuous inside training and attack. Delay or interruption is what we avoid not engagement..
I beleive that in reality there is often no time to do anything but attack..
Most folks have no understanding of the methods in play, only the superficial elements. We attack center mass of the opponent--we are not interested in "openings" we are not concerned with resistance, we seek it.. We are most interested in directness and contact..
The reality as I see in real fighting is that moving around the opponent and taking his flank is much easier said than done.. A good fighter will track you and adjust.. He is interested in bashing your head in so he's keeping his eye on that. I am not saying this is what folks are saying here or not. However, some folks in some arts make it out like you can just step aside the attack and take his side or back.. Doesn't work that way against decent fighters--they will adapt as you move.. Refacing, or maintaining facing on the opponent, is actually very high on our attribute list, you can't do the speed, power and action amplification without both hands working as one.
To me and based on my experience and training I see any extra time--where extra means time I can avoid using--is time that must be filled with attack, wasted time is time lost.
A direct line of attack is used in many systems including SPEAR and including with smaller folks, and while we often train flanking a direct attack, is sooner and sooner is often better unless that angle is needed.
Being sooner is big.
WCK IS a woman's art really, Bruce was a light weight and his teacher was a 90 pound police detective, at one time..
Those trained correctly will do it well. It's about sensitivity to energy, timing and position and the desire to operate at a range most are completely uncomfortable being in.
No demo is perfect but this is an acceptable example of the intercepting nature of attack we use as shown by a woman. This is the nature of the system--directness above all else--if it ain't direct it ain't WCK.