While the notion of removing the first move is, I suppose, one way to see kenpo as being entirely offensive, thatís not really the approach heís taking. In other words, we donít remove the inward block to Delayed Sword and consider it an offensive technique. The paradigm is one of kenpo being an attacking system from the start, and while the techniques do well operate from a platform of responding to particular attacks, positions, and or scenarios, their capacity to teach integration of the system is, he argues, slow.
From this perspective, the techniques do not construct the system. The Sets do. The techniques are forums in which the system is executed, not the construct on which it is based. As Iím sure your recall from the June seminar, the system he teaches is bone simple: 12 Points, Fortified Engagement, neutral bow, the power sources, the Sets, and the mental fortification to hurt, maim, or kill based on oneís personal needs, and values.
Using the analogy of language, we first learn a few words (some basics), the relation between the words (the Sets), then begin to apply those relationships by surveying some pre-fabbed sentences (techniques). The key word here is that we "survey" the techniques, meaning we review them, dissect them, understand them, and work what elements of it are critical vs. those that can be considered optional (based of course on the need / intent). So, deviating from a prefabbed sentence (a specific technique) is perfectly acceptable as long as the meaning is clear and well spoken / written. Adaptation is expected, in fact encouraged, provided one's base parameters of alignment, power generation, etc. are held to accurately.
As a reference, learning the system as a series of disconnected techniques (at first anyway), is akin to learning a list series of sentences, only later to start finding the relationship and similarities between them.
So in short, itís the fundamental approach that allows it to be conducive to spontaneity based on intent, and itís the capacity to innovate under stress that provides a basis for attacking rather than defending. I donít want to sound like Iím underemphasizing the importance of the techniques in learning, however, its just that they donít form the basic elements of the system for us.
Hope that helps.
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