As you know Kenpo is a system and is taught in different phases just like learning to speak and learning to write.
Anyway, this is the first technique of the system, which means it is taught to beginners. You step back since as a beginner it makes more sense to retreat than to advance. You want to get away from trouble and make distance your best friend.
It should be taught as a grab to a beginner as the dead attacks are a little easier to grasp at first than semi-live and live. It is no mystery why the system was set up as the first three techniques in each belt up through green (24 system) were: 1) defense against dead attack; 2) defense against a semi live attack; and 3) defense against live attack.
If you are into understanding and teaching the "system" delayed sword makes total sense in the way it is initally taught, or the way it should be anyway.
Once you get a handle on things (especially Ideal phase) delayed sword can be manipulated in many ways.
Michael Miller, CKF
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