Concealed in Kihon


Ikken hissatsu may be an ideal way to resolve a lethal confrontation. We may train to achieve this with ippon kumite, developing speed, precision, and the will to take decisive action, without hesitation or haste. We can train this with every move in kata too.


But we cannot always rely on ikken hissatsu as a tactic. If the opponent has sound balance, has structural integrity, and is launching an attack, then we will need to respond defensively. But we should know that all of our defensive techniques are designed as three part responses. None are “defensive” only.


The so-called chudan uke, jodan uke and gedan uke which we learn on the first week of class – techniques which are known as middle block, high block and down block – all the initial phases of three-part responses which handle an incoming attack, setting up the ikken technique to finish the encounter.


To give an example: for the “middle block” the blocking arm crossing the body as you step forward intercepts the incoming punch and reroutes it past your body. That draws the attacker forward and places you inside his defensive range, and within reach of his targets.


Your same fist then returns across your body into position “in front of your shoulder.” That move functions as a back fist to the jaw (e.g. the mental foramen or another kyusho) or other available target, which will have a stunning effect, and which will also disrupt his body architecture and balance.


The third component of the “kihon” series is a reverse punch or other follow-up hand or foot technique which, when used against an off-balance, destabilized and stunned attacker, completes the series and, ideally, resolves the encounter.


Of course, if you need to continue, you continue.

But that is the fundamental kihon “defensive” sequence. Launched with good speed, power and focus, using your whole body, good foundation, koshi oscillation, and the power of the opponent aginst him, this represents the basic tactical approach that we learn from day one, in first kata, and in all kihon techniques.


Post and photo Copyright ©2020 Jeffrey Brooks, author of  “The Good Fight”, available on Amazon.

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