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Principled Training And Existence

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My Shi Kon training system is ‘principle based’. Principles are what makes everything work and we have 8 of them. If all 8 are in place, whatever you do will work. I only think and train in principles and strategies, techniques will be the result of them and can vary from situation to situation. This means that there is a area that techniques will appear different and still be ‘right’, many people find this confusing, “is it like this, or is it like this?” can sometimes be answered with “yes” because both are correct as they employ all 8 principles. Fighting is spontaneous and responsive and needs to vary according to the conditions, this is why principle based training is essential. I will vary what I’m doing according to the opponent or training partner and therefore don’t really have any ‘set’ routines, only ‘set’ principles and ideas. Narrow minded, linear thinking people find this intensely frustrating because they want a definitive ‘right and wrong’ and not what they see as a ‘fuzzy logic’ – but that’s the way fighting and life in general works. The resolution is whether it works in a spontaneous exchange or not – and definitive structured linear thinking techniques don’t work in a fight.

My club and association work in the same way. ┬áCourtesy, kindness, compassion, patience and tolerance rule until we touch hands, then it becomes resolve, determination, courage, the 8 principles and 13 strategies. To mix these up is to lose, to understand how they function is essential. If you make rules, you will just keep making them to cover the exceptions until everyone is confused and they don’t work, but principles underlay all behaviour and are quite clear to people when the ideas are grasped.

Understand quite clearly what principles are, without them the technique and the person will be weak and easily fail, with them both will always be strong, connected, harmonious and powerful.

Strategies are dynamic, interchangeable and will flow through technique combining to make it useful but will not be ever present.

Truth just is. The principles that work in the microcosm of martial arts also work in the club and association structure, in business, family and in life generally.

Learn how to tell the difference between principle, strategy and technique.


Principles And Dynamics

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Principles And Dynamics

What is the difference between principles and dynamics?

Both underlay technique,

Principles are present all the time,

But dynamics change and combine.

The feet must always be in the right place,

At the right time and press the right way,

The body must always be aligned,

And the mind always alert, focused, sensitive and intense.

The breathing must always be deep and natural,

The internal line always connected,

The spine and core always being manipulated,

And the ideas of wedging and spiraling always in place.

These principles are what make a technique work,

Combined they give immense power,

Break one and the others fold,

They give the strategy to win or lose.

Whilst keeping these in place,

There are strategies you can use,

These will come and go,

And dynamically change the game.

Ward off is to repel the opponent without losing structure,

Roll back is to lead the opponent into nothingness,

Press to smother and repel not allowing to opponent to attack,

Push is to uproot bouncing the opponent out of his feet.

Bump is to hit and uproot by bumping with the body mass,

Strike is to hit with body parts like fist and elbow supported by body mass.

Pluck is to shake or vibrate to break structure.

Split is to take the opponent in two opposing circles at the same time.

These can be combined with standing firm to repel,

Or stepping in to attack,

Stepping back to absorb,

Or to the side to evade or deflect.

The 8 principles are always present,

The 13 dynamics are interchangeably used within their frame,

And the techniques are the method of expressing them,