THE BACK BREAKER
Right Flank Right Step Through Punch

1. NAME: The name of this technique is somewhat self explanatory. Since the result of this technique can end in your opponent's back being broken, the name The Back Breaker was given.

2. THEME: There are several themes related to this technique. Like Kneel of Compulsion, this technique also encourages the employment of a slight Angle of Deviation coupled with a slight Angle of Deflection. As your double parries effortlessly redirects your opponent's punch from the flank, they also keep a constant check on his arm (through contouring). Although two grabs are applied to your opponent's shoulders to control his Height Zones, contact with your right hand remains constant. Another theme is the counter action that occurs between the pulling of your opponent's shoulders and the synchronized timing of your knee strikes. Proper timing in stepping back to commence the first stage of body momentum and the immediate follow up of your knee to your opponent's spine to complete the second phase of body momentum, should insure the break. The third phase of body momentum stems from the continuation of the pull. This action helps to align, accelerate, and increase the effect that gravity can render when forcing your opponent's upper spine to your supporting knee. In addition to acquainting you with the triple stages of body momentum this action introduces you to still another theme. It teaches you the merits of forcing your opponent's target to your weapon (your knee) to increase the effect of your resulting strike. You have already been taught to guide a target to an environmental object, but not, as in this case, to guide a target to your own natural weapon.

There are other themes that should be highlighted. It features twisting your opponent's head to break his neck; executing an inward downward handsword to fit the bridge of his nose; striking to your opponent's shoulders while he is still supported by your knee to feel the positive results of a SANDWICHING EFFECT; immediate step back with your supporting leg along with two heel palm claws to your opponent's face in order to have your opponent's head and back hit the ground forcefully; an explosive in-place stance change from a neutral bow to a reverse close kneel to increase body momentum when striking your opponent's jaw hinge with the side of your heel; and the follow up with a back heel stomp to the nerve of your opponent's right shoulder, which is accomplished without lifting your right foot from the ground.

3. THE ATTACK: In the IDEAL PHASE of this technique your opponent is located at your right flank, positioned in a left fighting stance. He then steps forward with his right leg with a right straight punch. Some additional WHAT IF factors are:

a. He shuffles forward with his left leg still the lead leg.

b. He precedes his right punch with a right step through kick.

c. His arm is much longer than anticipated.

d. The arc of his punch is more of a roundhouse attack.

e. Your opponent is much taller than you.

f. Your opponent is much shorter than you.

g. Your opponent escapes both of your grabs to his shoulders.

4. Note the benefits of Contouring in this technique and how it varies from Brushing the Storm and Bow of Compulsion.

5. Study the use of the various types of Body Momentum in this technique. Note the importance of the use of correct timing and alignment necessary to increase the efficiency of your strikes.

6. Be sure to add this technique to your list of Family Related Moves as well as note its further association with other techniques.

7. How does direction effect your defensive responses? Especially consider this idea in reference to your Zones of Protection.

8. Note the dimensional use of height.

9. Develop several possible suffixes for this sequence depending on several possible WHAT IF reactions of your opponent on the final moves.

10. Learn to develop power in your heel strike through the explosive use of your in-place stance change.