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How to kick (simple explanation) - Article image

How to kick (simple explanation)

In 6DKF there is a wide variety of kicks (with different types of impact, loading, breathing, rotation, etc.), in this article we will show in the most simple and direct way one of the most educational kicks (useful to understand all the others).

So let's see how to deliver our first front kick (in a style similar to that of Shaolin kung fu, but also Taekwondo, Karate, etc.).

The preparation:
  • Let's imagine being in a normal fighting stance (guard up)
  • Let's imagine trying to kick with the front leg
  • Let's relax the leg that will have to kick (especially from the knee)
  • Let's focus on the idea to maintain our weight in the middle (no vibrations)
The kick:
  • Let's lift the knee of the front leg towards our chest and inhale
  • The back leg bends slightly (never maintain the legs stretched, impacts are absorbed very badly)
  • The foot of the front leg disengaging from the ground assumes a perpendicular position relative to the ground
  • Let's do not stretch our leg forward and let's try to go as high as possible with our knee
  • Our weight must be forward but our head does not have to move forward or back too
  • The back leg is well anchored to the ground for a more balanced and secure stroke, and it is supported on the fingers for a more versatile and quick stroke (it's the practitioner who has to choose the right assessment as appropriate)
  • When reaching the maximum height with the knee, the vertical movement of the lower part of the leg that is attacking begins
  • To increase the power of the kick we can counterbalance the uprising of the foot moving down our torso vertically (as for the levers principle)
  • While the foot ascends leading to the target (by a curvilinear path) we have to exhale
  • During the whole movement, it is good practice not to lower the guard (this guarantees a fundamental safety in case of failure of the technique)
  • In situations of extreme safety (eg. when the opponent is totally unable to react) it is possible to lower the guard and strengthen the attack by adding the force of the push towards the back of the arms (from the guard position to over the hips)
  • In any case, the guard must alter its shape so as not to hinder the action being taken
  • Except for faints, the entire movement must be done with the intention of using the maximum speed / acceleration
The impact:
  • There are no and there should be no side vibrations in this type of kick (for balance and non-dispersion of kinetic energy), the force moves vertically from bottom to top
  • The typical target of this stroke is the central line of the opposing body (genitals, stomach mouth, chin, etc.)
  • The whole movement must be like a whiplash, whose energy reaches its peak on the impact part (no flow interruption)
  • The tip of the fingers and foot knuckles are the part of the impact for those who have a serious conditioning, for everyone else the choice is reduced to the part that goes from the ankle to the back of the foot (top) or below the base of the fingers (if we want to hit the bottom of the foot)
  • If after a long conditioning we can strike with the fingers, at the last instant, we stiffen and turn them up; with the knuckles we have to close the fingers as a fist
  • Especially with kicks we have to focus on the idea of hitting over the target; only in this way we will have the opportunity to release the maximum power and / or reach our target
The return:
  • Never stay in extension for longer than necessary (the opponent can easily grab us, etc.)
  • The return movement is equivalent to the attack one, it is its rewind
  • Depending on the dynamic needs of the fight, we can choose to continue the action at will (landing with the leg back, forward, adding another kick, changing stance, etc.)
Notes:
  • If after the kick we can stay firm we ran the technique correctly but if we lose the balance (eg. backside) we distributed the weight badly and we cannot use the kicks in combat (read "The use of legs in a real fight")
  • This type of kick may have a little backward loading but it does not need it (the charge telegraphs to the opponent our intentions, it can more useful as a faint)
  • If we intend to use power to exercise this kick (eg. sequences of 25) we must opt for a soft target and not for empty shots
  • This is a basic but foundamental kick, we'll see many more (some faster, some more unpredictable, some more powerful, etc.)
Later we will publish some important improvements on how and what to hit as well as the complete description of the details of an effective kick (for the most advanced practitioners).
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12 tips on how to survive in a brawl - Article image

12 tips on how to survive in a brawl

In no case we should be the ones triggering a fight but it may happen that we are involuntarily involved in a brawl. The personal defense scenario in which we imagine is that of a dispute already active where it is no longer possible to resolve the issue in a peaceful manner (read the article "Self-Defense: 10 correct attitudes during a quarrel")In the context of a dispute, our collateral involvement can be of various kinds:
  • We ended up in the middle by chance (eg. during a dispute between drunken people)
  • We are trying to get out from a dangerous situation for us and for those around us (eg. a friend of ours has been attacked)
  • ...
Here are some tips:
  • The first thing to do is quickly assess the situation, what level of violence is going on (pushes, slander, beating, sexual violence, etc.)? Can our intervention improve or worsen the situation? To what extent is it legal and reasonable to act?
  • Let's see how many people are involved and how many others can take action later, what are the risks we are running (obstacles, preparation of the aggressors, their psychophysical state, their armament, etc.)
  • Making the necessary assessments, it is necessary to establish an action plan (read "Personal defense: the S.A.F.E. method"); we need to identify an optimal solution for us and those who are close to us (eg. a way of escape), as well as a safe mode to achieve it
  • If possible let's try to lower the tones at any stage of the fight (read "Self defense: 10 things to avoid in a quarrel"); offering a dignified and / or reasonable exit for aggressors, even after the earliest shots exchanges, can save our lives and / or that of all other people involved
  • If we have to fight, we try to gain a strong advantage over opponents (eg. an improper weapon); the greater the advantage will be, the more we will have the opportunity to prevail or induce the aggressors to desist
  • Do not let ourselves be surrounded, let's choose a stable, secure and open position that ensure full mobility, away from possible dangers and, if possible, that provide an advantage (eg. with the sun behind)
  • Let's try to keep the guard high, a correct distance, a variable rhythm of pace, rational directions of movement and to never end to the ground; if the opponents are more than one let's move laterally and curvilinearly, so that the opponents hinder each other (read "How to fight with more than one opponent at the same time")
  • We have to try to economize the forces, a normal confrontation consumes a lot of energy but a clash that can get involved with more opponents consumes exponentially more
  • When we hit, let's do it decisively, in sequence, on sensitive points and only after credible faints; let's calibrate our aggression with the actual danger in progress, it makes no sense to strike to the throat who has simply given us a push as it makes no sense to be unsure against someone trying to pierce us or others with a knife
  • Do not focus only on the adversary we are facing, we never cease to have a broad view (read "The overall view: see everything, do not look at anything"), pitfalls can come unexpectedly from every direction and at any time
  • Always with the idea of saving the effort, when we manage to score a hit we will not stop attacking until the situation allows us to abandon the fight in total safety
  • As soon as we have the chance to go away let's do it, let's eliminate every desire to fight (regret, rage, etc.); the transition from reason to wrong is extremely light (especially from a legislative point of view)
It should never be forgotten that no one learns how to fight in the street suddenly especially against multiple opponents (as often happens) or against prepared ones.

We need daily training, to be prepared for the fight (through sparring) and above all have tactics / strategy ready for the adaptation / application (through simulations of violent assaults as realistic as possible).

Let's study, experiment, prepare our bodies and above all let's learn to prevent the most common critical situations (maintaining rationality and serenity).

The world is not such a horrible place, we just need to be reasonable and pay the right attention.
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Control of emotions: the exercise of the switch - Article image

Control of emotions: the exercise of the switch

The first thing to learn in order to exploit our emotions in our favor is to understand the basic setting of the "switch technique":
  • Emotion activated
  • Emotion disabled
We have to handle our mental flow. To effectively use the force of moods (and not to be their victim) it is necessary to follow a precise path:
  • Evaluate the situation and choose the right suggestion to apply
  • Recover useful episodes of our past on which we have already elaborated (as we have mentioned in past articles)
  • Activate the emotion and keep it alive as long as we need it (possibly planning a progression of intensity)
  • Interrupt or, at least, replace it with a more convenient one in relation to the evolving the situation
However, to use this technique in a real context and under stress (not necessarily a fight), a strong will has to be developed.

Like the sea during a storm, our minds will try always and in any case to anchor us in the real immediate condition of our discomfort (pain, fear, etc.).

The solution is constant practice and meditation. Here is a first exercise:
  • Let's wait to be in a state of mind as neutral as possible
  • Let's find a suitable position / place and let's sit down to the ground with closed eyes
  • Let's run a slow and deep breathing, leaving 1-2 seconds of apnea between the inhalation and the exhalation (or better we can use a breath of the meditation methods of 6DKF)
  • Let's focus on breathing, we must do it impeccably, let's not miss any detail
  • Let's proceed with 6 cycles of breathing; this is our neutral state (emotion deactivated)
  • At the end of these cycles, we resume a natural breathing
  • Let's take then an emotion, drawn from our past (not too intense and not negative for the first 10-15 times)
  • Let's concentrate on it focusing it on us or, for example, on an object (no life being)
  • Let's establish the roles of the emotion (subject and object) according to our needs
  • Let's try to maintain the emotion by calibrating on it every internal or external element of our body (breathing, movements, etc.) just as if we were reciting
  • After about 10-15 seconds we have to hit our hands on the ground, exhaling intensely and forcefully
  • This way we interrupt brusquely the flow and we are ready to reset our mind
  • Immediately let's repeat our 6 controlled breathing cycles
  • Let's repeat the exercise for no more than 10 minutes at the beginning
Notes:
  • As long as we will not be able to empty our minds the complexity of breathing will help to "distract us" from the emotion
  • The first times we will have many difficulties both to keep both to remove the emotion
  • With time and constancy, we will be able to activate more powerful, influential and prolonged stimuli
  • This topic will connect later with some of the advanced body control techniques
In the next articles of this series, we will see other exercises.
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1 hour training session sample 4 - Article image

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Body and mental perception - Article image

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Practical examples of emotion control - Article image

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Concentration and abstraction in combat - Article image

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