What makes American Kenpo different from all other martial arts systems is the use of principles of motion. Think of principles of motion as ingredients to make the perfect recipe for performance.
Each of our techniques, forms, sets, freestyle, and drills are designed to help us understand, explore and internalize proper action through the use of principles.
As a student of the Art, I would encourage you to learn, incorporate, and apply these principles in everything you do. The difference between an average Kenpoist and a great one, often lies in their use and understanding of the principles of motion.
Here are some core principles you should unequivocally incorporate into your training, in no particular order:
1. Logic – If there were one principle to rule them all, this would be it.
2. Point of Origin – John Wayne could’ve used this one and refers to moving any natural weapon from wherever it originates rather than cocking it before deploying it. Helps to eliminate telegraphing your moves.
3. Economy of Motion – Make sure every move counts and is efficient.
4. Centerline – Learn how to minimize yours and maximize your opponents.
5. Margin for Error – Build this into everything you do both offensively and defensively.
6. Tea Kettle – Exhale at the proper moment for maximum effect.
7. Marriage of gravity – Drop your weight vertically down and tap into a universal power source.
8. Engagement – Have your mind, body, emotion, and spirit ready.
9. Anchoring – Get your butt under you and drop your elbows.
10. Fitting – Like a puzzle, fit the weapon to the target.
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