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KI CHUAN DO TRAINING TIPS #44:
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SIDE STEP, RETURN, TOUCH, STEP IN
John Perkins

When dealing with an attacker who is in front of you there is a
concept that will help in dealing with a sudden rushing attack.

It is important that you know the box step, the vacuum walk,
drop step striking/pushing. Your sensitivity and timing must be high.

I have received much feedback on what it looks like when I
demonstrate in class or on video. Many say that it looks fake. No one
could just seemingly step right into a person who is attacking viciously
and just simply take his balance almost in slow motion and
then toss the attacker like he was weightless or strike so decisively,
effortlessly and effectively.

I must consider the idea that many folks can only understand that
a violent conflict must be difficult for the defender. It seems that
many believe that if I got punched a few times and shook it off and
them mounted a multiple striking ferocious counter attack
that it would be more believable.

The fact is that all too many martial artists have been taught
that you will most likely get struck, stabbed or worse during a real
fight and that it is impossible to avoid it.

Yes you should realize that anything can happen during a life and death
struggle but you can also train to mininmize or obviate the chance of
getting hit during your attack or counter attack.

This is where the title of this article comes in. Assuming that you have
enough space between you and your attacker the following are some
steps that can be cultivated to achieve what, to some, seems to be
effortless fighting. When someone attempts to strike, kick, or grapple
you from the front you simply side step to one side or the other
according to what side is most advantageous. You step to a
45 degree angle away but toward the right or left side of the attacker.
You will land on your forward foot with most of your weight
while simultaneously putting your hands out toward the attacker in order
to redirect any incoming blows or to just throw
off his balance after he kicks or strikes or attempts to grab.

By reaching out toward any limb or the attacker's body you can
establish a connection which allows you to feel where to push to
upset the attacker's balance. Remember, the upset of balance can be

very small but just enough to not allow your attacker to strike
or kick or grab.

As you keep contact (whether you push or not) you can simultaneouly
step toward your opponent while either riding in on his arm or torso.
You can now either load the spring against his limb or torso and skip
strike the attacker or collapse into your new position while, for example,
folding your elbow and striking while maintaining neutral balance.

If you detect that your opponent is going for a low grapple to your legs
you can either drop to a low stance with full power while simultaneously
drop striking to, for instance, his neck or if he is able to get low and
close you can drop out of line and catch his face with a bowling ball strike.
Here you imagine that the attacker's head is a bowling ball and that his
eyes are the holes. You force your fingers into the eyes as if you are
grabbing a bowling ball. At this point you can change legs and drop
into various strikes or knee strikes or simply pull his head backward
while pushing into the eyes.

If you feel that the bowling ball eye grab will not work you use your
sensitivity to redirect the head of the attacker to such a position where
you can strike downward to various other targets. At all times you will be
changing your foot positions for maximizing strike force while
simultaneously dropping so as not to loose balance. Remember, if you
drop into your legs while changing position it is very difficult for a person
to topple you. Do not stop changing position while raining down strikes
and knee attacks. You will perform these movements slowly in training

until you can move like a jackhammer from one position to another.

This is complicated stuff at first but with practice your kinesthetic sense
develops along with many other attributes which allow you to get the other
person off balance while you retain balance.

The idea that basic close combat military strikes are the simplest way to
fight is correct if you don't have the sort of  balance, coordination and timing
that is developed by doing KCD drills. You can work with close combat until
you develop these attributes. The big advantage of having well developed
balance, sensitivity, KCD looseness and timing is that you can apply all
of the close combative techniques with more power and be even more
effective than if you just drill the combatives over and over again without
benefit of dealing with the many variables of real chaotic combat.

IF a man is off balance he cannot effectively mount an attack or counter.
The man who is better balanced or can put his attacker off balance will
have a great advantage.

Read ATTACK PROOF, study the videos and dvds. Practice the drills.
Practice the drills. Practice the drills. PRACTICE THE DRILLS!

There is no magic or convoluted thinking to do.

Get to at least one seminar so that you can feel what KCD is about personally.
Come in and test your ideas with us.

Reading and watching videos is only the first step.

Email us with any question no matter how deep or shallow you may feel it is.
There are no stupid questions where life and limb are concerned.

We have a team of serious and congenial men and women who can work with you.

Take care, JP

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