Warrior Mind by Dick Morgan

Warrior Mind by Dick Morgan

Author:Dick Morgan [Morgan, Dick]
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 9781452085753
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Published: 2009-07-08T00:00:00+00:00

Words that describe action are different that the actions themselves. “Soft” does not really mean soft, but nonresistant, smooth and precise; nothing about the intent behind the movement itself is soft. And “circular” does not mean traveling in a circle, for the motion would end up where it started and thus have no purpose. “Circular” moves are actually spirals, in which a small amount of progress is made in the direction of one’s intent.

This initial engagement to improve one’s position is called the entry. (See critical forces of entry, chapter 5.) One should achieve entry into what is now a fight with three goals firmly in mind. The first, obviously, is to not get hit. The second goal of entry is to be in good position to hit back. The third goal is to be on an angle with the opponent which allows you better access to his center than he has to yours. Then he has to readjust his position in order to continue his attack, but you do not. (More about the advantages of correct angles in chapter 7.)

In the last chapter, the principle of continuous pressure on the opponent was discussed. Entry, then, is a continuous process, even while apparently giving way. When one gives ground, yields to greater force, one moves in such a way as to improve his position—and thus improve his entry. This is called paradoxical movement. But since the warrior learns to move in whatever direction will improve his position, all non-resistant tactics are paradoxical. It is important to recognize that non-resistance tactics are not completely non-resistant. By employing them, we are resisting getting hit. We are resisting becoming dominated or controlled. We are resisting our opponent’s intent by not yielding to it. The only thing we are not resisting is his force. And by not resisting the force of the attack, we can turn it to our own advantage.

2. Blend with opponent’s momentum

Blending with an uke’s (attacker’s) momentum is a split second defense in which the tori (defender) adjusts his balance so that both uke and tori are flowing in the same direction for a brief moment. The characteristic movement of blending is a sudden shift of the hips to align both movements from the center, the tan-jun point. In other words, the defender gets out of the way of the attack, and then aligns his energy to flow in the same direction, at the same time, as the attacker.

There are three main reasons for you to blend your momentum with your attacker. The first is that it creates a moment of confusion for the attacker. The moment he expected to make contact with you never happens. An attacker braces for this moment of contact. He expects the resistance of a ribcage or a face at the end of his grasp, and subconsciously programs his muscles to flex into it. When his muscles are denied this experience, there is a split-second of disorientation, of imbalance ripe with opportunity for the defender to exploit.


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