Delayed Sword

  1. NAME: This technique derives its name from its basic sequence of movements. The chop (handsword) is delayed by the insertion of a kick prior to its use. Thus the name DELAYED SWORD.

  2. THEME: This technique was designed to teach you how to create distance while blocking your opponent's extended arm with your forward arm. You then can follow up with a longer range weapon (in this case a kick using the forward or lead leg) to a target that is farther removed from you. It also teaches you how to gauge distance with your kicking leg, which in turn enables you to properly gauge the distance of your extended hand weapon.

  3. THE ATTACK: In the IDEAL PHASE of the technique the attack is from the front. As your opponent grabs your lapel with his right hand, some of the WHAT IF factors that can occur are:

    1. His attacking arm may be bent when pulling you forward.
    2. His attacking arm may be straight and locked out.
    3. His attacking arm may be initially bent and then pushes you out.
    4. His right foot may be forward when grabbing.
    5. His left foot may be forward when grabbing.
    6. He may be leaning forward when grabbing.

      In addition, visualise the attack to be:

    7. a right push instead of a grab.
    8. a right punch instead of a grab.
    9. a two-hand grab.
    10. a two-hand push instead of a grab.
    11. a right kick followed by a right punch.
    12. others

  4. In your early stages of learning it is a good idea to utilize your more coordinated hand to the front when defending yourself.

  5. The transitory cat stance of your second move assures proper alignment, which in turn promotes accuracy. It also enhances the speed of your action in addition to allowing you to FORMULATE according to the prevailing circumstances.

  6. Learn to fully take advantage of body momentum via MARRIAGE OF GRAVITY (height) as well as forward momentum (depth) when executing your last move (right outward handsword).

  7. During the execution of your last handsword, angle your strike so that you diagonally cut down, through, and across your opponent's body to check his height, width, and depth zones.

  8. It is highly suggested that you also experiment with various methods of execution (thrusting vs. snapping your right handsword on the last move).

  9. Familiarise yourself with the basic coordination levels of movement. Learn to increase the efficiency of your movements by adhering to the following:

    1. When moving back, utilize the opposite hand of the foot that steps back (opposite hand/opposite foot).
    2. When moving forward, utilize the same hand as the foot that moves forward (like hand/like foot).

  10. During the course of your last move, be sure that your left hand supports your second line of defence with a positional check.