Unpredictability: combine liquid and solid movements

Unpredictability of unstable harmony in 6 Dragons Kung Fu

The wave that leads the ship to inexorably crash on the rocks.

Normally, the fighting styles that use soft structures do not combine with those who use the rigid ones but 6 Dragons Kung Fu tries to trigger an unstable process of constant change from solid to liquid.

The solid movements

Even it is not a fixed rule, in general terms, we could say that the solids movements have 2 advantages:

And 2 defects:

The liquid movements

Similarly, liquid movements have 2 advantages:

  • If performed correctly, they are more unpredictable (their target is identified only in the last phase of action and it can change, read for example Dragon Motion: the swirling movements)
  • They are powerful because they express, again if executed properly, all the power of the body

And 2 defects:

  • They are difficult to perform in real situations (they require high-level skills, eg. the best spatial intelligence, read The most important skill in combat)
  • They are slower because they follow “larger” paths (requiring this way a good timing)

The contrasting becomes complement

The solution is simple, we do not have to mix what is not mixable. Both in combat, both in the training phase:

  • There are moments to use rigidity
  • There are moments to use softness
  • The exchange of solid and liquid can be a big advantage

Let’s see some examples of the implementation of the alternation between solid and liquid:

  • Alter our pace of fight to confuse the opponents
  • Adapt to any adversary and to each situation
  • Take full advantage of the opportunities to strike simply and quickly
  • Take full advantage to strike at full power
  • Stop or follow the flow of our opponents
  • During training, establish with liquid movements the best paths for the rigid ones (in relation to our body)

A note by Master Kongling – In our school, the simple principle that allows us to include things that appear irreconcilable, is the same that allows us to exploit the strengths of all the other combat styles (read 6DKF: what does it teach?).

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  • What do you prefer between solid and liquid structure?

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