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When you think about  it there are only two directions strikes can come from based upon planes: Horizontal, Vertical.

Regardless of how the strike is thrown they are still on these planes. Period!

The skill lays in the ability to deal with them on different planes of the three zones of the body.These are the head to neck, chest to abdomen, hips to feet. This process involves punches and kicks, all edges weapons & impact- pole weapons. you must be able to think in these simple terms to master the strikes and their defenses.

If you remember that the body is a collection of targets, the how and what you strike is not random mix but methodical and calculated way in which to defeat your opponent. How these strikes are dealt with is based upon the five lines of fighting geometry. These are the outside line, inside line, center line, inside line and outside lines These come from how we move. You are either attacking or defending by moving forward or backward ,angling or circling. This is what happen in simple terms.

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Comment by Zach Jenkins on April 2, 2014 at 10:36am
Hello Guro Lawrence,
Do you consider diagonal strikes as verticals or horizontals?
Comment by Marc Lawrence on April 2, 2014 at 7:53pm

Guro Jenkins, Good question would you not consider a diagonal strike an angle of a horizontal strike?

Comment by Marc Lawrence on April 2, 2014 at 8:00pm

Guro Jekins there is a point that an angle converts from horizontal strike to a vertical strike. How many degrees that is would be an interesting study as it apply to stick fighting, blade fighting or even hand and foot fighting. I would go on further in thought to say we deal with slashes and thrusts  as they are just angles or horizontal or vertical lines.


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