After introducing the concept of “guard stance” in 6DKF, we will now review some of the most important questions that we have to instinctively answer when choosing the position to be taken.
all varies in relation to ourselves and the context that we face, therefore, here is some ideas to think about:
- How many opponents we face? There are others who might be involved (actively or passively)?
- Opponents have (or could have) weapons?
- The opponents seem to know martial arts?
- Aggressors are humans or animals (eg. a dog)?
- Can we protect ourselves from environmental dangers (eg. fighting on a staircase)?
- Can we move abruptly and easily in all directions (including top and bottom)?
- Do we have a good view of the scenario?
- The guard stance can (even lightly) intimidate our opponents (eg. demonstrating competence)?
- The guard stance can trick our opponents (ie. hiding competence)?
- Can we hide the fact that we had taken a guard stance (hidden guards)?
- Can we use our posture to invite the opponent to make mistakes (eg. offering a target to trap him)?
- What kind of performance in terms of power / speed / reactivity can we express?
- What is the relationship between our body and the one of the opponent (height, weight, muscle mass, agility, etc.)?
- What is the current state of health of our body? What can we expose and what not?
- What limbs we should prepare for the use (hands to grasp, knees to strike, etc.)?
- Do we feel at ease maintaining our pose or we feel “forced”?
Technique and strategy
- Are we able to easly perform our best techniques?
- Which guard stance allows us to perform our tactic / strategy?
- Which guard stance allows us to hide our tactic / strategy?
- Are we near or far from the opponent? Which guard stance allows us to do defend / attack movements better?
- What kind of stability / mobility allows us our guard stance?
- Our guard stance allows us to be unpredictable or limit our action?
Actions and reactions
- What are the implications of a failure of our defense tactic?
- How much should our opponent expose himself to get some useful targets?
- How should we expose to reach good targets on the opponent?
- What types of contact (eg. force against force) furthers our guard stance?
- Are we risking of being easly blocked / seized or not being able to withstand the impact of opponent’s force?
The more we are fast, responsive, skilled and equipped with physical resistance more choice of guard stances we can have; unless we are not well prepared we will have to limit as much as possible the exposure of our body.
In future articles we will see the first of the 6DKF guard positions combined with their strengths and weaknesses.
Author: Master Kongling
Founder of 6 Dragons Kung Fu.