I was working out with some friends who also practice Shaolin Kempo Karate. As we quickly reviewed the early punch defenses, called combinations by the old-timers, they stopped me. “Dude, that’s not Number 14! Where’s the jump scissor kick?” I looked them in the eyes and retorted, “Is Punch Defense 14 really effective? In a […]
Month: October 2011
Why are Punch Defense 8 and 9 So Similar?
Redundancy in the curriculum creates duplicate efforts. That effort is only helpful if the information teaches us something. However, in the case of 8 and 9, nothing of value is gained from the repetition. They both start with a block, a front kick, and then a roundhouse kick. Nine has an additional side thrust to […]