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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, Iím tiny and not heavy at all, so I need to use the other personís strength and move fast. Itís all about knowing how anatomy works (weak/pain points) and evade everytime you can.

Iím usually shorter than the other person so I happen to have a better balance, the head is the best place to hit because itís the heaviest part of our body. If you push it a little, youíll 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 itís 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 )

*thereíre lots of ways to do this move, this is a risky one because you will be face to face with the other person (Iíll draw the other version soon) but as soon as you place your leg behind them, you will be ďprofile to profileĒ 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 wonít let the other have the time to think.

;D more cool moves soon!
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:iconsomebodysupercoolio:
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 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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:iconsomebodysupercoolio:
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 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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:iconsomebodysupercoolio:
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 Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ROFL PRECIOUS CHICKEN.
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:iconsomebodysupercoolio:
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 Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
snort xd
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JohanSutherland 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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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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