“I'm not worried about yours Rick, i'm standing up for mine and anyone else who sees the value in "backstepping"! I encourage anyone reading this to practice moving to the rear, escaping, evading.. all that stuff... it's uechi... it's in the katas (both major and minor katas) and its makes you a good, well rounded fighter who will drive "forward only" fighters insane. Watch Gatti ! A master of the slip and backpeddler extrodinaire!”
Tony we have been far too honest with each other to start disrespecting each other now.
You took the dogma shot on Van’s forum etc. But truly no worries my friend I encourage good honest discussion and no whining emails to George either
because I will answer back on my own and I know you will handle any answers with good grace (not agreement perhaps.
I must have missed something in our Kata that there is a series with continued backing up in it? Which one and where?
Hey here are some nice Kata for folk to look at and tell me where we see continuous backing up – where are there two steps back?
You might recognise yourself in the clips Tony and I don’t see you taking two steps back in ANY of them.
Having control of the distance, which can and will include backing up, is indeed something to know and I have said this.
Also to go forward you also have to understand angles ala Jim Maloney to make it work best.
I don’t agree with the Herman Munster forward fighting either so….
Let me explain the error some make in coming forward that will allow a master of distance to take them out or give them a beating in a boxing ring.
When a lion attacks a gazelle they have very little concern for their own wellbeing and other than which way the gazelle is going to run next they care very little for what the gazelle will do so they are basically unaware of it.
This is typical predator attacking prey.
Often the “drive forward only” folk have tapped nicely into the predator mindset and attack with that intent.
No problem unless they are NOT attacking prey but another predator.
A lion does not fight another lion the way the attack a gazelle. They are well aware the other lion is dangerous to them and can take them out so they MUST be aware of what the other lion is doing.
The drive forward only guys run into problems when the person they are fighting is also of a predator mindset because they are not aware of what they person they are fighting is doing and they lose.
You must be aware and not charging blindly forward, and if you do you will be taken out if your prey turns out to be predator.
As for evading I refer you again to my tape and the value I see in that. I am all for evading. It is just basic stuff but the intent is clear.
But as a consistent strategy constant backing up is not what I advocate and according to George’s post on Van’s form something he has never advocated.
We did a large number of drills tonight on backing up and I will write them up but it is too late tonight.