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C'mon Dave, you're really overthinking this.Grafting has always been an entertaining mental exercise in position recognition for me, but in terms of "where do I put my training time with only a few hours a week to play?", I'd rather work my basics for targeting and power, derived from directional harmony and body mechanics.
In other words, I have 2 hours on the mat tonight. I COULD spend them looking at ways of grafting the beginning 5 Swords onto the ending of Gathering Clouds, having found myself there by an intentional manipulation of the attacker, or by an unintentional stumble by them in response to my initial counter.
I can spend those same two hours working the inward block hammering action on heavy bag, makiwara, and partner drills; followed by throwing a couple hundred handswords at BOB, a heavy bag, moving focus mitt, and in drills with a partner, aiming to accomplish an inward block that breaks his arm, and an outward handsword that knocks him the heck out.
This "basics" option is my training preference, based on my experience in fighting as a bouncer. It occurred to me (while getting punched from 3 different directions one night as I had a guy in a chokehold waiting for him to fade to black) that the faster I end the issue -- with as much finality and authority as I can muster -- the better. In the time it takes to be monkeying around with adapting a technique string to a change in position, their friends can do something..I can miss...slip on a spilled drink or banana peel from the mayhem...all sorts of things can go wrong: And the longer I take to put him down, the more room there is for chaos to interject a variable I haven't controlled for.
In a perfect world, I would have ample time to do both. But it's not a perfect world; I have to choose. So...which would you prefer to work on, and why?
Don't get me wrong, I believe in basics and a strong foundation........but if you don't build upon that foundation, then you have to define what it's purpose truly is or it's potential gets lost over time.I keep going back to reciting my ABC's, because I'm so far from as good as my private hall-of-famers, and I wannabe. I want to be able to punch someone in the head as hard as Mas Oyama, or chop them under the ear with as much speed, power, and authority on an obscure plane angle as Mr. P., or make a train go "bonngggg....bonnngggg...bonngggg" by punching and kicking the iron hitch on the backside of it, or... you get it. And the only way I know of that these guys got to that place is by repetition. It's that old saying, "The skills of the warrior are forged in the fires of repetition".
How-evah!!! (said in my best Senator K.K. Kaumanua/Kent Bowman voice)... I also think part of the brilliance of the kenpo system is in the ability to sophisticate basics, compacting and collapsing more information (read "hits") into smaller spaces and increments of time. Revisitation of the ABC's won't help with that so much. I'm interested in what you consider to be advanced applications of the basics.
All seem to enjoy putting down others and many have been in the barrel at times...Cliff, are you going to go to the seminar Dr. Dave is putting on, that would be a good one to go to, lots or your peers will be there. Of course I doubt, LT will go.Just seeing if we were on the same page. The net is not the best place to communicate clearly so sometimes intent can be lost in the text. (Like your first post).
Keep posting your videos. Very cool.
Heck...I'm trying to get a line-up goin!I've been thinking about going and I think I can work it out to do so. It looks like an awesome event. Of course, you'll have to pull me away from the wineries....