In 6DKF there are no single / fixed guard stance. Positions are several (moving, standing, on the ground, etc.) and change depending on:
- The practitioner (aptitudes, defects, etc.)
- The Environment (soil, freedom in movement, etc.)
- The situation (danger level, type of aggression, etc.)
- The opponents (the difference in height, style, etc.)
To help of the practitioner, there are some general concepts (to be adapted / customized) to manage the choose of our stances; before getting into the specifics of each of the positions we have to focus on some important ideas to think about:
- More our guard protects delicate parts (face, genitals, neck. etc.) the better it is
- More our guard allows us to choose whether to grab or hit the better it is
- More our guard allows us to use feints, favorite techniques, and / or the more effective ones the better it is
- More our guard allows us to provide a target-bait to our opponents the better it is
- More our guard allows us to avoid direct confrontation force against force the better it is
- More our guard gives us stability, grounding and balance the better it is
- More our guard gives us possibility of omnidirectional movement the better it is
- More our guard gives us ability to connect contemporaries / in sequence shots the better it is
- More our guard prevents us from being closed / blocked / seized the better it is
- More our guard is charging (or illudes of charging) one or more shots the better it is
- More our guard makes us feel at ease (mentally and physically) the better it is
About guards we must understand that:
- We’re not all the same, every body has its own peculiarities (flaws, strengths, temporary limitations, etc.)
- There is no guard stance who is always good and in every occasion, each has pros and cons to assess instinctively during the clash; the best thing to do is to continue to change in relation to the dynamics of the struggle in a spontaneous / natural way
- In a given situation the “perfect” guard is not the one that allows us (potentially) to do anything, but the one that allows us to do what we really need, to do what is effective against opponents we face and, above all, to do what we can do better
To summarize: the more the guard we choose is convenient for us and answers to our basic needs, the better it is. Potentially we can have infinite different guards because each basic stance has to be accustomed in relation to the moltitude of possible combat situations.
In future articles we will see what are the variables that bind to the specific choice of the guard and the basic 6DKF’s guards.
Author: Master Kongling
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