AMERICAN KANG DUK WON KARATE
The ultimate goal of American Kang Duk Won is to be able to defend yourself, your family, or other innocent persons against an attacker. In order to reach this goal, you must be physically and mentally prepared at all times. By training diligently, you can develop a series of coordinated movements that will be useful in a self-defense situation. You should attempt to master both defensive and offensive maneuvers. Often times, you cannot wait for an attack to begin, especially when you are heavily outnumbered or in defense of your home. At such times, even though the techniques are offensive, you are still acting in self-defense.
To say that self-defense techniques are divided into two categories, hard techniques and soft techniques, may be an oversimplification. There are, however, techniques which are definitely "soft" and should be used as such. Wristholds, break-aways, and armlocks are some examples of soft techniques and are used when you are not in any danger of being severely injured.
Hard techniques, such as striking the eyes, ear slaps, or groin strikes, should only be used when you are in danger of being severely injured or killed or when a weapon is involved.
There are many techniques that fall in between hard and soft and should be used accordingly. An elbow lock, for example, is a soft technique that can become hard if the elbow is forced to the point of dislocation. One basic rule to remember is that you must never take any extreme action without being morally justified.
In practicing self-defense techniques, it is important to analyze each move and understand the principle. You may not be attacked in exactly the same way as you are in practice. You should be prepared for different situations by using variations of the technique.
A half-front facing posture, formed with approximately 70% of the body weight resting on the back leg (Back Stance), is preferable in most self-defense situations. This 70/30 stance exposes fewer targets to your opponent.
"Self Defense" is an excerpt from American Kang Duk Won KARATE by Robert C. Lawlor and Frank A. Palumbo, Jr.
"Elements of Self Defense Explained" is an excerpt from American Kang Duk Won KARATE by Robert C. Lawlor and Frank A. Palumbo, Jr.
More information can be obtained from:American Kang Duk Won Karate, P.O. Box 151, Watertown, NY 13601