Tye's Kung Fu
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6 Combat Applications Types
any type of blow to a well-considered target
including hitting pressure points, internal organs,
shattering bones, etc.
any type of block or redirection.
any type of movement to your advantage
including stepping, leaning, stance shifting, closing or
opening the distance, etc.
any type of throw, sweep, takedown or push.
any type of qinna including joint locks,
grasping nerve points, dividing tendons/muscles, or
sealing the breath.
any type of counter to a qinna technique.
each of these should be present in each movement in every form,
drill, technique, or other martial movement you do. It doesn't matter if it
looks like a simple block or whatever. Make yourself understand how
that movement can be used in each of these ways for each movement or
combination of movements you do. For example:
Say you have a step in a form: with a little thought, you should be
able to see the following:
you can make it into any of a variety of kicks (e.g. kick to knee)
you can use it to block an opponent's kick (e.g. jam the kick)
you can use it to position yourself better in relation to your opponent
(e.g. side step or close distance)
you can use it to sweep the opponent or as a leg takedown (e.g.
sweep his leg out from under him)
you can use it to work some leg qinna (e.g. shin-to-shin press)
you can use it to avoid a sweep (e.g. move it out of the way)
Similarly, say you have a down block. It could be (and is), among
a hammerfist strike to the bladder
a block, combined to strike the offending limb on a nerve point
a neck take-down
an arm-bar, using the other hand to trap the wrist
a release to a wrist grab, going directly into a low strike
Furthermore, the more of these types of applications you can combine into one,
the better. As another example, say I have a series of movements from the
first sequence of Tan Tui - draw & shirk, front kick, & punch. The
possibilities are nearly endless using the 6 Applications. I'll list just a
release from grab, kick opponent's rear inner thigh, punch to solar
plexus, extending so as to force the opponent back and off balance.
pull opponent in closer, jam his attempt at leg qinna, punch
his throat in such a manner so as to deflect his incoming punch at
the same time.
block low but he grabs your wrist, change the kick into a step forward
close under your opponent's
thigh, use the punching motion to release the grab but continue onwards
slightly twisting the waist to execute an over-the-leg takedown.
and on and on...
Now, this is not to go against the intended applications inherent in a
particular movement - each form has movements that were designed for a specific
purpose or purposes by that form's creator. Still, body mechanics are such
that often what is good for one technique will be good for a totally different
one, or at least have elements that suit any number of other interpretations.
And, given that people have differing body types, capabilities, and
dispositions, an alternate interpretation might work better for you in a
given situation. However, I wish to make it clear that I do not advocate
abandoning originally intended applications at all. I just feel that it is
worthwhile to apply the above methodology in addition.
Hopefully, these are very old and familiar ideas to you. If not, I hope this
info will help put new life and insight into your applications. I feel that
this type of approach should be common knowledge and matter-of-fact. I know
it's helped more than a few of my students to have their heads explode
with understanding of why and how we move the way we do.