Formulation Tools: Adjusting, Inserting, & Altering
Sister Techniques are grouped together with their related moves and Master Key Moves. Sister Techniques come in groups of two or three, and are related because they share the same /similar sequence an/or combination of moves, adapted to a variety of predicaments for each technique, and are within the same Category of Attack. The sister techniques are examples that teach you how to formulate within the “What if” scenarios they present. The formulation process can be organized by using the American Kenpo Karate equation tools for negotiating alternative actions.
The video clips below features sister techniques, Delayed Sword & Conquering Shield in the category of grabs. The names of the techniques describe their fundamental difference. These techniques teach us how to recognize the opponent’s body position and adjust your block and kick, insert a vertical downward and upward elbow, and alter the weapon.
According to Hick’s Law, you can improve your spontaneous reactions if your choices for response or reaction are limited. Your reaction time increases to approximately 58% when two choices for reaction exist. “Learning variations of a particular type of an attack teaches you to build spontaneity. This, in turn, helps to internalize concepts. Internalized concepts cause newly acquired moves to also become instinctive. Consequently, as your spontaneous reactions increase with each new move, you become capable of randomly creating logical technique combinations of your own. Therefore, it is this creative ability that allows you the capability of formulating instinctively” (p. 107 Infinite Insights, Book 5–Ed Parker).
“[Tailoring]. This is especially true when your very existence require an instinctively correct reaction. Preservation, therefore, rests with a favorable alternative response. Alternate changes must be done instinctively and spontaneously to be conclusively effective. That is the reason why memorization is not enough. Sequential alternatives should be viewed and studied from as many practical combinations as possible. More often than not, moves learned in one technique will blend with those of another so that in time, alternate techniques are no more than components of techniques learned” (p. 65 Infinite Insights, Book 5–Ed Parker).
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