Friday, January 20, 2012

defensive actions

doing brainstorming on all possible defensive... energies, maybe?

Contact Angles:
Block- Defensive action where the contact is perpendicular to the attack, with the intent that it will stop and not slide on contact
Parry- Defensive action where the contact is angled such that the attack will be directed towards the guard
Deflection- Defensive action where the contact is angled such that the attack will be directed towards the tip

active forms:
Jam- Closing distance with a block in order to stop the attack closer to its starting position
Circular- moving the tip and guard in a circular motion to pick up the attack and direct it into the guard
Redirect- Pushing the blade to deflect it away from the body

Stop-cut/stop-thrust

Swings:
Counter- Swinging in the opposing direction of an attack
Follow- Swinging in the same direction as an attack
Opposition- Pushing against the attack in a line towards the opponent.

Attacks on the blade:
Beat- Sharp, brief contact intended to displace the opponent's blade
Press- Sustained contact intended to hold or push the opponent
Expulsion- Accelerating contact, from strong-on-weak all the way to weak-on-strong

Positional:
Transfer- Moving the opponent's blade from one position to another
Yield- Allowing the opponent to move your blade from one position to another

Resistance:
Structural- Body alignment allowing the defensive action to draw on the entire combined body weight and resistance
Muscular tension- Holding the defensive action with muscles tensed
Leverage- Using leverage principles (strong on weak, deflection, redirection) to bolster a defensive action
Pulse- Twitching muscles at the moment of contact to create a short-distance power generation effect
Catch- Making contact with the attack and decelerating it with a continuing force
Loose- Minimal muscular tension, relying heavily on structural and leverage resistance or yielding.

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