There are many Kenpo techniques that involve doing multiple things at the same time: Blocking and striking at the same time, for instance. This leads to what is called defensive offense. The defense and offense work at the same time, in fact the offense is a defense; it disrupts the opponent’s depth zone, causing pain and a nerve reaction and basically stops him.
There are Kenpo techniques that involve striking more than one target at the same time too. The main premise behind using this type of tactic is that a person cannot adequately keep track of two things at once. He’s forced to deal with both attacks and basically can’t.
Such a tactic offers more control, for the one executing the two strikes.
Let’s examine some Kenpo techniques that use this tactic.
The first move in this technique is to step in with two punches, thus lending Back-up Mass to the strikes. You compromise his depth zone and give him too much to think about and deal with; and then you escape the choke and follow up with a series of strikes.
The technique starts off with a two-handed choke from the front.
The attacker pulls you in, so you use Borrowed Force (and Back-Up Mass) to land a left punch to the face and right punch to the body as you step in.
Your left arm comes down on the opponent’s right arm and your right arm goes in and and down on his left arm, breaking the grip and keeping his hands away from your face.
…as you do that you off-angle step to the right with your right, then bring your left arm up to cover and check the attacker’s left arm.
You immediately poke him in the eyes with your left. Notice your right has been chambered.
The attacker will reach up to grab his face and then you grab his wrist with your left.
You pull his left hand down to your left hip to check him and punch him in the ribs with your right.
You off-angle with your left foot back to your right…
Still bracing his wrist against your body, you break at his elbow with your right hand.
You pull on the arm and kick into the ribs or under the arm, creating an Opposing Forces effect and possibly dislocating the shoulder.
So, it should be said there are many stance changes and a lot of body mechanics used in this technique; when you break the arms off and escape the choke there is a transition to a forward bow stance and a transition to a horse stance on the punch to the ribs. The technique has a lot of synchronizing of multiple things simultaneously. It also involves zoning away from the back up weapons, as you step back to do the break on the arm.
The main point at which using multiple strikes at the same time occur in this technique is when you deliver a thrusting chop to the throat and a knee to the groin. Notice how this move lends Borrowed Force too.
You block/parry the left punch and step back into a neutral bow.
You block parry the right punch with the same right you parried the first punch, grab the wrist and pull him into a left punch to the face.
The right hand comes up from the obscure zone and strikes/chops the face.
You shuffle your left foot up to your right foot and sweep the attacker’s left leg with your right to open him up for a groin shot.
You turn into him (torque) as your right fist rakes through his face and chambers high, your left hand sword thrusts into his throat and your left knee goes up into the groin. You are doing four things at once: Chambering and striking in succession with both hands as you knee him in the groin.
You land with a right hammerfist to the clavicle, using marriage with gravity.
You shuffle into him with a rear cross over foot maneuver, checking him with your hand.
And shoot a back kick to the body.
After the initial parries against the left-right combo punch in this technique, you kick the groin and poke the eyes simultaneously, while you’re grabbing his arm, giving him multiple things to think about and deal with.
Joes delivers a left inward parry to the left punch that James delivers.
Joes executes a right outward parry for the right punch as he pivots to a forward bow, creating Opposing Forces or counter-rotation, as his hips turn to the left and the parry goes to the right and back.
Joes grabs the right arm, pulls on it as he turns and delivers a left poke to the eye and a kick to the groin. This is Opposing Forces because the pull is going in and the weapons go out.
Of course, on this last move you are poking the eyes and kicking the groin at the same time while pulling on the arm.
Joe lands with an elbow to the face. This is Back-up Mass mainly.
Joe slices through the eyes horizontally toward the right, turning James’ face.
Joe then slices, and pulls in, the eyes as he scoop kicks the groin.
Notice this last move you are slicing the eyes and scoop kicking the groin at the same time.
This creates Borrowed Force by pulling James in, for the thrusting chop to the throat. This is an example of Opposing Forces aiding Borrowed Force.
Other Techniques to Consider
- Circling Destruction: After parrying the left punch, you back-knuckle the ribs with your right, shuffle and strike the face with the left hand at the same time. After you chop the neck with your right, you scoop kick the groin and claw through the face with your hand at the same time. Also, many “inserts” can be added to this technique to further check and bewilder the opponent. Inserts will be covered in a future article.
- Thundering Hammers: When those hammerfists are coming down on the kidneys and the back of the neck, your knees are buckling his legs too.
- Shield and Sword: As you are doing the right chop and then the left elbow, your buckling his legs with your knees simultaneously. There are also an array of inserts in this technique to keep the attacker distracted.
So the point is to keep the attacker occupied with too much information and pain and nerve responses. He will never catch up. It is similar to using offense as a defense or penetration of the depth zone to make him back-pedal, in that he is overwhelmed and will never be able to keep track of everything all at once. This, of course, is the value of using this self-defense tactic.