and Reverses in Long Form 4
The idea of opposites and reverses is nothing new to those who study American
Kenpo. We learn it with the first few techniques, doing Delayed Sword with its
inward block, front kick, outward hand sword and Sword of Destruction's extended
outward block, front kick, inward hand sword routine. And as we move along, techniques
like Crossing Talon and Crossed Twigs come to mind as well as reverse order of
strikes in Deceptive Panther and Intellectual Departure. The idea is not new as
we know every motion has an opposite and a reverse. We just need to recognize
which are useable to us for self-defense. It is also not a surprise that elements
of this are seen within Long Form 4. Of course, this is not an absolute list,
but a list with some ideas on it.
And I am sure there are more. If I think of any or if any
are suggested to me, I shall add them here. So use this a guide. Decide if they
really are reverse or if their are other reverses to be found.
- Protecting Fans -- finger poke simultaneous with kick
using the opposite leg. Darting Leaves -- finger poke simultaneous with kick
using the same leg.
- Unfurling Crane -- your arms move in the opposite
directions simultaneously. Destructive Kneel -- your arms move in the same
- Destructive Kneel -- uses step drag, push drag, pivot
to get behind your attacker. Flashing Wings -- uses same motion for opposite
purpose, to get in front of your attacker.
- Circles of Protection -- contains defensive movements
on a horizontal plane. Dance of Darkness -- contains defensive movements on
a vertical plane.
- Circles of Protection -- circular defense and offense
beneath the attacking punch. Prance of the Tiger -- is a circular defense
and offense above the attacking punch.
- Thundering Hammers (during transitions) --
you twist away from your attacker before stepping into the next set. Unwinding
Pendulum (during transitions) -- you will step twist into your attacker
for the next set.
- Circling Windmills -- this technique contains a large
series of inward circular strikes. Reversing Circles -- the technique contains
outward circular strikes.
- Defensive Cross -- your left hand acts as the ceiling
in the back knuckle sandwich. Also done with downward, downward, upward strike
sequence. Bowing to Buddha -- left hand acts as the floor in the hammerfist
sandwich. Done with upward, upward, downward strike sequence.
- Five Swords -- back up mass is behind your weapons
to push the attacker. Twirling Hammers -- back up mass is in front of your
weapons to pull on your attacker.
- Shield & Mace -- you execute the hammer fist strike
before the kick. Circling Fans - you execute the thrusting back knuckle strike
after the kick.
- Protecting Fans -- uses inward/outward parries. Destructive
Kneel -- uses outward/inward parries.
- Thundering Hammers -- strikes descend onto your attacker's
targets (hammerfists raining down). Unwinding Pendulum -- strikes ascend to
your attacker's targets (kick and crane moving up into your attacker).
- Prance of the Tiger -- side kick with your front leg.
Shield and Mace -- side kick with your rear leg.
- Prance of the Tiger -- you execute
the thrusting sweep to your attacker's front leg. Unwinding Pendulum -- you
execute the thrusting sweep to your attacker's rear leg.