One last clip from Paul’s visit. This was not the last topic. We didn’t shoot the last part where I talked about how to strike with penetrating force using intent and we tapped each other to feel the impact.
This last clip is about the principle of being near, yet far.
I noticed my students flinching whenever we play striking close up. I can understand why they do so.
Basically they don’t want to get hit. However, if they move away they end up being out of range. Though they have defended against the strike they cannot in the same instance counter-attack. In this scenario there is a 50:50 chance that I would be able to continue my attack. Not good for the defender.
The solution to this is to ensure we are in the right range so that our counter can be followed by a counter-attack immediately. We first practice this in push hands by learning to find the right position that allows us to minimize strikes to us as we do the counter.
With the right position, right timing and right technique you can be in the right place to issue your attack as soon as you have countered. This reminds me of my student’s question last week.
I was teaching him the art of long range striking. At the end of it he showed me a clip of two guys charging each other and letting the strikes fly. I immediately noticed a few things.
One is that there are no strikes to the head. Of course. If head strikes had been allowed I doubt the two contestants would charge each other the way they did.
Secondly, I pointed out that they hit hard ………… to little effect. The strikes were strong but not penetrating and thus can’t stop the other person. Lots of strikes were thrown but largely ineffective.
I know what my student was thinking of. He must be wondering how to use the long range strikes he just learned if he had to deal with those people in the video who rushed right in, chest against chest, to strike. Incidentally, one of the guys in the video is his pal.
Actually, I have used the solution to such attacks many times in the past during push hands but I guess my student either forgot or failed to make the connection. I reminded him by having him attack and right away he could feel the force penetrate his body when he literally ran into my arm.
That’s right. When an opponent charged right in that fast and you don’t have the time to use long range strikes then don’t. Instead, use short range strikes. I explained how to use a guarding posture to set up a strike that is firm, stable and painful to the opponent charging right at it because of the way they were striking.
Right punch. Left punch. Kicks. Didn’t matter. Use the same posture. I had my student try kicking. Gave me a scare when he stumbled and for a moment there he looked like he was going to crash into the rental bicycles parked nearby. Fortunately, I didn’t do the technique all the way.
So position, posture, opportunity, and so on rather than just fajing alone is what makes a technique effective. Learn how to use the principles freely and you might be surprised that the techniques in the form can be used.