[I:http://martialarts.surrey-sussex.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/AlCase3.jpg]It is true that there are only eight Martial Arts techniques in the world. I wrote a piece on this a while ago, but I have had a few people asking me, so let me write again. Hopefully I won’t be repeating myself.
There are eight specific kinds of attacks. These are when somebody initiates an attack in these fashions. A club, a knife, a gun, a sword, a spear, a fist, a foot, and 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 refine things even more. For instance, you consider everything as a line. Thus, there would be a medium-sized blunt line, a short sharp line, a line of projection of variable length, a long sharp line, a medium-sized curved sharp line, a line from the ground, a line from the shoulder, a line representing an attack from the rear.
You could extend the Catchers (what I call these martial arts movements) by including such concepts as a line with a hinge (hinges), such as a nunchuck. Or perhaps a flexible line, such a whip. You wouldn’t be remiss, but practice with my eight will prepare you sufficient to handle other potential lines.
Now, here is the big warning about all this. The Catchers are really advanced self defense moves. This is because one should study a variety of techniques, even whole arts, in depth and to an extreme if they want to make the Catchers work.
The Catchers, you see, can best be utilized if one knows all the potentials of motion behind them. If one has not studied whole arts, all the deviations in ranges and attacks and so on, then one simply does not have enough data (depth and variety) to make the Catchers work. So you simply must study not just one art, but a whole variety of arts.
This means that you must study not just karate, but Shaolin and Kenpo and taekwondo and so on. Truth, the Catchers were actually developed because of analysis of 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 no matter what happens.