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self-defense by AtomicRedBoots self-defense by AtomicRedBoots
(: something I learned in one of my Pakua classes. It is indeed the perfect martial art for me, I’m tiny and not heavy at all, so I need to use the other person’s strength and move fast. It’s all about knowing how anatomy works (weak/pain points) and evade everytime you can.

I’m usually shorter than the other person so I happen to have a better balance, the head is the best place to hit because it’s the heaviest part of our body. If you push it a little, you’ll fall.

Also using the inner part of the knees as a balance breaker works better than you could think.

if you are doing pakua you need to know it’s pure circular fluid movements, the hips are a great weapon when it comes to that kind of strength. (I used to lift guys way bigger than me from the floor just using my hips )

*there’re lots of ways to do this move, this is a risky one because you will be face to face with the other person (I’ll draw the other version soon) but as soon as you place your leg behind them, you will be “profile to profile” and they will not be able to reach you with the other hand ( the free one)
remember this is usually a fast move so you won’t let the other have the time to think.

;D more cool moves soon!
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SomebodySuperCoolio Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Tai-Chi? .O.

:| I dunno who's teaching you, but you really shouldn't ever grab your opponent. It gives them more control over you than you them because if they can think quickly enough, they can pull you off balance using your grip faster than you can let go. It's all about cupping, not grabbing.

At least, that's what I was taught.
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AtomicRedBoots Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, it really depends on you, you need to be fast enough to put it in action.
the ideal thing to do is to run away anytime you can instead of fighting, but the thing is
you have control over them if you take them off guard and you can you their own strenght against them.
sometimes the best thign to do is to grab a certain part of the body to keep them from reaching you or to touch
a sensitive spot that keep them under control.
sometimes the best thing is to cup them just to stop and redirect the punch with their own strenght.

pa-kua (or bagua) is a defensive martial art that uses circular motion as a base. it's about avoiding and defending yourself with fast, light strikes.
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SomebodySuperCoolio Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Hmm... I see your point. My whole thing, though, is avoiding and striking in the same instance. I guess sweeps are useful, but I don't use them often.

:[]!!!!!!!! It is! It is! Gah! I'm learning that VIA Tai-Chi! Blaaaahhhhh...! I dunno if it's like this for you, but learning pakua via Tai-Chi is confusing sometimes. Every step and movement has a different name. I tend to make up my own when I can't remember. :x
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AtomicRedBoots Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, that's right. I don't remember weird names either, but since all the moves are based on the same circular movement again and again, you can aply that to every move you want and make your own "combos". this was an exercise own sensei told us to do. Instead of remembering the specific moves, we had to think about the tai chi slow energy motion and create our own defensive move based on that.
I teaches you to think and feel instead of learning from memory and repeated actions, pretty useful when you think reality is not a set known situation.
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SomebodySuperCoolio Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Well, yeah, but I'm just saying when learning the forms. Sparring is a completely different animal and I don't ever think of the names of moves when I use 'em. I can remember the postures just fine, I'm actually one of the better students for that reason, I just like to make fun of the names.

There's this one called, "battle of the precious chicken". It's my favorite.
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AtomicRedBoots Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ROFL PRECIOUS CHICKEN.
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SomebodySuperCoolio Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Yerp. There's also a vicious tiger, an ape man who steals fruit, a snake entwining things, a black dragon, a maiden doing something with a book, a rhino, a white snake (I think), and others I can't recall.
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AtomicRedBoots Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
snort xd
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JohanSutherland Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heee feels like I'm back in judo class ^^. Man, that was like a life time ago, I feel so old XD
Very good action sequence, well done :)
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DeathOfTheSun Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
thanks for showing this. I enjoy martial arts (Im learning Judo at the moment, but i plan to learn others as well) so it is always nice to see new moves
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AtomicRedBoots Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
a pleasure <3
Pakua is the type of martial art that's perfect for a base because is very wide, speaking of movement variety and you can practice kicks, fist moves, levers, self defense, and weapon training ( shinai, boken, bo, sai, etc) as well as meditation and relaxation moves taking tai chi style as a base for a slow and circular energy training.
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meitanei Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Podrías hacernos unas ilustraciones de los mejores movimientos que conozcas, no ya por la información, si no por la calidad del dibujo :meow: nee?
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AtomicRedBoots Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no creo que cambie mucho la calidad xD no tengo mucho tiempo kjajaj
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meitanei Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Creo que dormir 5 horas al día está sobrevalorado. Sólo te digo eso xD
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AtomicRedBoots Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yo duermo 4
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meitanei Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Eres mi heroína.
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AtomicRedBoots Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ME HAS DICHO DROGA? hahah te quiero <3
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meitanei Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
ERES una droga, ricura :3
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0-Pau-0 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
esa no es la que vimos en ninjutsu? que eramos tan petes que apoyabamos la rodilla en el piso en vez de mantenerla? xD
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AtomicRedBoots Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
naa, es esa re simple de pa kua que tiene mil y una versiones xD
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lilspanyad Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student
I've alwas wanted to do stuff like this, the doctor said it's too dangerous and bad for me, instead I have to do things like Tai Chi, which is cool, but ya know.... this seems more self defensy.
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AtomicRedBoots Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you can perfectly use the taichi moves to learn this kind of thing too, you know? one of the exercises we do in the classes is to practice some tai chi slow energy moves, the ones that are more accurate to the circular movement. our sensei told us to practice the moves and create a new self-defense move using part of those slow taichi ones.
it works quite nice, for example, when it comes to hand/arm blocking. the taichi energy-holding you do with your hands is pretty cool to block almost any kind of punch, the only thing you need is imagination, and to meditate about the movement you're doing with your hands everytime you do taichi. :D
every martial art is deeply connected to the others, it's just the style what changes.
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lilspanyad Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student
Cool cool!
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DeathOfTheSun Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
I agree that they are all connected. this move uses several things we are taught in Judo.
1. disrupting your opponents balance is key
2. control the head and you control the body
3. use your hips
4. keep hold of their arm after they hit the floor. it gives you control and allows you to follow up with additional moves to prevent them from getting back up
5. height is not necessarily an advantage (and I say that as a tall person)
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AtomicRedBoots Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thats right! ;D
knees, ankles, wrists and shoulders are excellent places to use pain-point-levers.
also if you move fast and use your body to take advantage of the other person's strength or weight, you won't need to be strong and big and it all will flow as water!
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LaternBearer Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Thank you for these helpful suggestions, because, let's face it, you never know when you're gonna need these skills.
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StarbuckViper Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Filmographer
Oh wow thanks for the advice!
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