Great post earlier, as many people lack confidence in the delivery and effectiveness of this technique. Here is some input.
It is always important to analyze the techs from within the parameters of the system this helps to clearly define the scope of the particular process of application and its expected result.
The question must first be asked what is the motivation behind the technique, is it a high to mid push, a low push or an attempted mid section tackle? It is defined in book 5 as a two handed push, which would offer any of the variables above. A push is defined as an exertion of force typically by hand in order to move them away from oneself or the origin of force.
The parting of the wings can be achieved at any height level, but because in the ideal phase we insert a thrusting chop to the left side rib cage it is safe to assume it is no higher than chest and no lower than bottom of rib cage. This allows for quick circular contouring of the left arm into a chop to opponents rib cage continuing with the right hand (after left chop) into a straight line middle knuckle to solar plexus or above.
The question was, "Why the chop"? Well lets look at it.
The hands are open at the raising of the arms into a defensive posture. They are raised from point of origin in the open hand position, to simulate a natural defensive reaction. As one practices the tech, it is recognized that the raising of the elbows into an open ended triangular position, triggers a nervous muscular to skeletal response that travels throughout the body, reaching the tips of the fingers and the soles of the feet, stiffening the body in anticipation of impact.
At the moment of impact with the hands in open position it is recognized that the tendons and ligaments stiffening through the forearm have tightened and fortified the hand naturally, even if the fingers are spread. We of coarse practice with fingers closed resulting in a modified hand sword structure. This is advantages in several ways, least not that the chop can easily be rotated into a grab, check or press and allows for greater leverage in regards to consequential reactions as a result of defensive posturing (Remember this is happening super quick and anything can happen).
The right hand sword now shoots from point of origin already fortified (economy of motion). The delivery to the left rib cage allows for several possible action reaction consequences, one is that with correct alignment one achieves a fitting of the hand sword to the contour of the rib cage. Utilizing the fitting principle magnifies force, the rotation of the hand sword in its trajectory, allows you to press through in the downward diagonal, thus pressing the ribs into the interior of the body and its organs for effect, resulting in the canceling of height which in-turn cancels depth, (Note that the width zone has already been disturbed at the moment of initial contact, a by product of the neutral bow).
It is interesting to note that depth cancellation is achieved far more easily with the utilization of height control.
Looking at the tech from this prospective, then one is able to see the sequential opportunities that arise from the naturally activated defensive sequential flow, and the benefits of such at this formative level, thus allowing for greater insight into the system when analyzed.
As EP stated, "Don't memorize, analyze". Always look at cause an effect; always turn to the fundamentals of the system to discover the reasons for application.
Remember the techs are ideas of motion developed not only for possible application but also for the stimulation of the creative thought process. The greater the understanding, the greater the internalized result, the greater the confidence in application.
I personally cannot stress enough the study of dimensional zone control and how it is achieved to maximum effect by the utilization of both defensive and offensive movement, and the consequences of such.
Domination of the opponent is not only a study of the above but also the greater science behind Kenpo.
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