In this attack, your opponent has pushed your left shoulder. Depending upon his mental state and the distance between you and him, determines his action; whether he pushes or punches is a fact that alters the appropriate response from you, the defender.
It would take a very keen observation on your part to determine a push from a punch in critical distance (the distance between you and your opponent
where action is faster than reaction). In critical distance, you need to be ahead of his thoughts or double your reaction just to meet his action without being pushed off balance. Herein lies the very core of the lesson; HIS THOUGHTS. At what point in the confrontation are you aware of his intentions beyond just talking, yelling and or physical action taken towards you?
In some cases, a push is a warning to set up the dominant position of the attacker and/or in hopes to call your bluff in that you will not physically respond in return. It is here that one must ascertain his deepest intentions or at least prepare for them. His words carry physical thought patterns
along with their intentions. His level of intensity is written in his words, his body language or both.
This has been left out of many lessons of defense; the equation of how a person thinks and responds. We then make this our first case study. The study of
human nature during an altercation before, during and after an attack.
Now we need to set up a platform in which to practice our response to a push close enough to out speed our response. This is done by placing yourself within critical distance less than a leg and a half from your attacker. As you have your attacker begin his push at slow speed, you then begin to feel how quickly you have to mentally match his action. As you step in, you are forced to bring your center of gravity with you so as to ride his push and not allow your center of gravity be influenced by the push. When you can do this without a loss of balance or center line, you then have your attacker add more speed until your action starts to anticipate his action and becomes a state of mind that preempts his thoughts.
The body mechanics of a push is different than that of a punch and the subconscious mind (after this type of exercise) begins to see this difference and places this information into the subconscious which is faster than your conscious mind.
So in this exercise is the lesson that is ahead of the physical technique. This exercise prompts mental stimulation by analyzing the attacker's core thoughts. Does this make you psychic? No, it just teaches you to know what the options are through the course of his thoughts; understand that he has a limited amount of resources, be it a push, a punch, a grab, a tackle, a kick etc.
My action, when confronted, hangs on his every word and body language. This is KENPO'S SCANNING PROCESS.
You create a better thought pattern through analysis as opposed to not learning this process of awareness.
In terms of our overall awareness, we go through our lives with sluggish response to environment changes. Fighting is not high on our list of priorities
depending upon where we are born and raised. Our keen observation falls short of what is needed to understand the complexities of fighting until we meet it head on in case by case study of what is behind it all. Understanding your opponent is to understand yourself and knowing these two
facts give way to knowing when or when not to respond on many levels of engagement.
Kenpoists know about the three stages of speed... physical, mental and perceptual but how many know about perpetual speed...the ability to
be on course with the thoughts of your attacker? Not a mind reader but a common sense reader. IT TAKES PRACTICE.
Did you know that your eyes need to be disciplined beyond just the thought of wanting to accomplish a reaction? This means that the eyes, like any muscle needs, to be strengthened to hold attention to incoming physical action and the detail around it. If your mind is to perceive his action fast enough to get there for a technique, like Triggered Salute, then the mind and the eye have to be in concert; one giving strength to the other...prolonged focus.
In conclusion one needs to replace his sluggish responses with new mental and physical skills to conquer the action of an attacker. To try and depend upon your old conditional responses is to fall short of making a technique like Triggered Salute workable.
Back to the mats,
(sorry for the odd breaks but I wasn't able to format this without them in it)
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