There Are Only Eight Martial Arts Techniques On The Planet!

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.


2 thoughts on “There Are Only Eight Martial Arts Techniques On The Planet!

  1. djemir

    I like the movements and fluidity in the movements in your videos, especially in a few of the other videos scattered on the site. I’m not in agreement with the statement in this particular article there are only eight martial arts techniques on the planet… but there are really only eight different directions from which an attach could come your way that would be the four major directions east, south, west, north, south, and the intermediates South East, South West, North East and North West everything else is just a slight variance from those 8 major directions which is why Pa Kua and other arts focus on those points of attack. The truth is there are infinite variations of attack, technique and counter attacks. There are many similarities between certain techniques from some systems (Crane, Tiger, Mantis, Monkey etc) with those of others and even those of other arts like Karate, Taekwondo and Aikido. Yet occasionally one does find a few techniques that only appear in one or two arts. I wouldn’t group something like a leg scissor within any of your categories unless you want to say it is a form of projectile like a gun since the practitioner’s body is flying through the air attaching to an opponent then spinning them into a take down. Are sweeps merely relegated to being part of the foot category? Do the elbows, shoulder strikes, hip strikes and throws get relegated to “Fist techniques” or “foot techniques” your logic makes no sense here. True that when facing an opponent one can expect attacks to emanate mostly from their legs or their arms, but the variety of attacks are infinite when you couple them with various spinning, thrusting, twisting, and angles of attack. –

    1. alcase Post author

      Hi Djemir. Your points are well made, but you have answered them yourself. An elbow is a short fist, a shoulder is a shorter fist. One can tell when one is striking with the fist (elbow or shoulder) by the way they set their body. Sweeps, knees and that ilk are foot techniques.This is recognized once one has done enough martial arts. Do enough martial arts and you can see the very thought behind the action. This is why I recommend matrixing, because it makes the whole thing logical, and then you can see these thoughts faster. It still takes a lot of work.
      The only bugaboo in this is the flying scissors. It is a foot. But, it is also grappling, and I confess, I don’t have a grappling catcher, this is because one must see the thought of the attack before the opponent closes, and thus there would be no need for one. There is a need, however, to learn as much grappling as one can so as to see the thought.
      You’ll find that the infinite variety of techniques resolves into a set few once you have done (not just read about and talked about) matrixing. The exact thrust of Matrixing is to so resolve all attacks into simplicities, and it does work.
      Have a great day, Djemir, and a great work out. Al


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