Thank you for the post.
My drills are no different than those that are related in Mattson sensei's work. However I think their intent is different from those expressed in the normal hojundo and kata bunkai. I see them as part of the body management, evasion and footwork necessary for using uechi ryu as a soft hard style of southern chinese boxing and necessary for the myriad of throwing techniques within the system. I didn't know if you wanted me to post them on this bar fight thread or on another specifically about that topic.
Well put, thank you. I always liked Mattson sensei's 'eight form' which instills the very basics of moving off line and also when to 'twelve o'clock high' nail an attack by pre-emption.
I like your 'body management' expression as it clarifies the concepts we are all trying to grasp.
Also well put your description of intent as expressed in hojundo and kata bunkai.
You may post any of this anywhere Richard. Always stimulating a good discussion.
Kata bunkai is good but can create illusions of being safe.
A good example of it is what you wrote about your street encounter and finding yourself in between two opponents [being flanked] instead of rotating to the outside and 'stacking' them.
And the reason why I don't teach the Kanchiwa bunkai the 'standard' way of tenshin in the first three opening moves.
I am fond of teaching the tenshin, say against the first 'punch defense' of the bunkai …by 'intercept/strike/ rotate' behind the opponent, to use him as a shield while ramming him into the next attacker…and to continue the 'spin off' concept.
I think that here, we can all learn from your approach to this getting off line…moving off the X…
a concept as refereed to by lethal force instructors in tactical firearms training that I went through with Mas Ayoob and John Farnam.
\In the tactical world we call this “Getting off the X” The “X” is the area where you
are currently standing, sitting, walking, or working. The thought process is that
the bad guy is focused in on you and begins the attack (or action) he is in his
own OODA loop and is fixated on you with blinding tunnel vision and adrenaline.
I keep bringing up the references to the effects of adrenaline dumps is because it has been shown to be a deciding factor in both an attacker and a victim of attack.
Once your OODA loop begins (or reaction) you Observe the threat, you Orient to
the threat, you make a Decision and then Act.
You have moved of the X and out of the blinding tunnel vision and
adrenaline of the bad guy, this causes your attacker to have to readjust to you and
the thought process is now you have gotten inside of the bad guys OODA loop.