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What is Combat Kenpo Jujitsu?

Combat Kenpo Jujitsu techniques are groups of basic moves arranged in a pre-planned sequence to illustrate a possible defense for a given scenario.

They are taught with the "Three phase concept" which views the techniques in 3 stages (phases): Ideal, What-if, and Formulation.

In a "real world" situation, the Combat Kenpo Jujitsusian practitioner isn't expected to complete a whole specific technique. One never knows exactly how an opponent may react to any block, check or strike. For any given technique one can apply the equation formula to fit the reactions of their opponent, or perhaps the practitioner has a comfort level with certain movement and prefers to use the basics with which they are the most capable.

Some people believe that the techniques are the heart of Kenpo. They are. Unfortunately, too many people lose sight of why. Always remember, the techniques are vehicles for learning the principles of Ken Tai Jujitsu. That is their lesson.

Note: Combat Kenpo Jujitsu does follow some of the main principles of kenpo


The Three-Phase Concept

Kenpo techniques are taught with a three phase formula where the student is expected to learn the technique as written [ in stone of course :-) ], then go on to play with the possibilities. The Three Phases are, in order, the following:

Ideal Phase

In the Ideal Phase the student learns the technique "by the book". This means the attack is specified, the defense is applied and the attackers reaction is known.

What-If Phase

In the What-If Phase the student(s) experiment with different possible scenarios for the attack and attackers reactions.

Formulation Phase

With the Formulation Phase the student tears apart the technique, explores its principles and develops alternate, spontaneous, reactions all with the aid the equation formula.

Equation Formula

The Equation Formula for fighting was designed as a formula to allow fighters to build/design logical and practical fighting techniques. It states that for any base move (ie punch/kick) or group of moves (technique - ie Delayed Sword) one may modify their intention by:

1. Alter the target area, weapon, or both.

2. Prefix a strike or block with an off angle body positioning (ie step out of the way of the weapon!).

3. Perhaps Suffix your strike with one or several more.

4. Rearrange the order of a technique. Instead of block-chop-punch change it to block-punch-chop (don’t forget to block though :-)).

5. Insert a move, perhaps simultaneously, such as a check of another weapon.

6. Delete a move to prevent unwanted injury to yourself, your opponent or to prevent unnecessary time spent engaging and less time leaving!

7. You may wish to adjust the range or angle of the weapon.

8. Regulate your weapons speed or force and you may get a very different reaction.