I'm not sure if this will make any sense in words, but here goes -
If you stand still the range between you and your opponent can only shorten. This also applies to orbiting around them, because the range is still constant if they keep turning to face you.
The action can only get faster (space shortens, so does time to do stuff) because you are both in range straight away if either moves. Not so much a problem if you don't mind fending off some blows and maybe taking a little damage, but much more of a problem if you want to avoid the double death.
Create distance however, and now you have essentially made time. I'm talking here of the backward half of the pendulum, not imbalanced backpedaling.
In general going backwards is a bad idea because someone going forwards will always be faster, but if you can sneak step, angle off, and slide, to subtly change the range they think they see they will have to recalibrate whether they do it consciously or not. The more you can do to screw with their PERCEPTION of where your actual position is, the more chance that you can catch them in an error.
This requires motion.
Basically you have created a target moving in 4 dimensions (3 +time) and this means your opponent must move too if they want to hit you. And they want to hit you. Remember that.
Be there, and then take it away.
RELATIONAL movement means you can freeze, entice, and maneuver your opponent much more easily.
Of course you must be the one leading this dance, not the one following, so move first.
A wave, hmmm - seems it would be a spiral (the perfect spiral being the Golden Mean) or, more tactically, a vine wrap that ends in the stick (or blade) locking the opponent's weapon arm; the lying, deceiving, life-stealing movements of Visayan Corto Kadena, a wrapping parry that deflects while thrusting, an old-style karate punch from the hip; the fist twisting an opponent's gi collar for a strangle; a kote gaeshi from Aikido; even a didactic discourse (rolls off the tongue, don't it?) setting a student up for an aHA! moment; jazz.
Of course, at the end, a linear movement must be made to drive home the technique using the weight of the body, assisted by gravity (drop step), fueled by emotion and aimed by intention.
A last example: most po-po use the Golden Mean when talking to upset people. Basically, if you do what you're told, you golden, if you don't, they be mean. HA! Realistically, talking an EDP to rationality is the same; one starts from the outside and works in, verbally, emotionally and physically, beating around the bush, as it were, until you gain calm consideration.
Waves, they're what's for dinner.
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