The autumn leaves are falling like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are always two cups at my table.

T’ang Dynasty poem

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Force of Gravity

Rob Redmond has a very good article on gravitas in karate, on this 24FightingChickens site. Here is an excerpt. It's well worth reading.

The Winner Has Gravity
by Rob Redmond - March 25, 2009

Most advanced karate players can observe two people in a sparring match and tell you who is going to win as soon as they see the match begin. They are looking for signs of one of the players possessing the power to pull or push his opponent. In most matches, one person will advance aggressively while the other retreats in reaction to him. Sometimes, the more powerful player retreats and pulls the less skilled person along with him. Either way, this gravitational effect of the more powerful player upon the weaker is objectively observable and is an effective way to predict the outcome of most karate matches.


Sensei Strange said...

I read a quote

"When ever I get into a conflict, I hit my opponent with the biggest weapon I can find - the Earth"

Gravity is the Force of creation, The attractive energy of God itself....and a damn useful law to base our martial practice around.

Rick said...

It seems like a great strategy to me!