It is true that there are only eight Martial Arts techniques in all the Arts. I wrote an article on this a while ago, but a few people have asked me to clarify, so let me write again. Hopefully I won’t be saying the same things twice. Check out the video and I’ll tell you about these eight.
There are eight specific kinds of attacks one will encounter in combat. These are when somebody initiates an attack in the following ways. A club, a knife, a gun, a sword, a spear, a fist, a foot, and an attack from behind.
You could stretch some of these martial arts attacks, or perhaps claim that not all should be included, but remember I chose these after three decades in the arts. There is reason for my choices, and these reasons have to do with analyzing the potential motions one faces in life. Guaranteed, these eight techniques include virtually all attacks, and even allow for future growth of the martial artist.
You could break things down further. For instance, you could analyze everything as a line. Thus, there would be a middle-sized blunt line, a short sharp line, a line of projection, a long sharp line, a middle-sized curved sharp line, a line from the ground, a line from the shoulder, a line from the rear.
You could extend the Catchers (which is what I call these eight martial arts moves) by including such notions as a line with a bend (hinges), such as a nunchuck or triple section staff. Or a flexible line, which would define a bullwhip. You wouldn’t be in error, but studying my eight moves will prepare you to handle other potential lines.
Now, here is the big caution, warning, or whatever you want to call it. Technically the Catchers are advanced techniques. This is because one should study a variety of techniques, even whole arts, in depth and to an extreme before working on the Catchers.
The Catchers, you see, can best be implemented if one knows all the variables of motion behind them. If one has not studied whole arts, all the potential ranges and attacks and so on, then one simply does not have sufficient data (depth and variety) to make the Catchers work. So you must, simply must, study not just one art, but a whole range of related arts.
This means that you must study not just taekwondo, but pa kua chang and Kenpo and taekwondo and so on. Truth, the Catchers were actually made because of studies in a range of different arts. Guaranteed, you must have a lot of information at your fingertips if you want to make these Martial Arts Techniques work in any situation.
The Catchers are the logical result of studying Blinding Steel and Matrix Kung Fu (Monkey Boxing). Head over to Monster Martial Arts to learn more about these arts.