The first task, therefore, is to learn the true basic foundation of our martial arts. Those, whom we entrust to educate us on martial matters, often teach without highlighting their ramifications. We, in our ignorance listen to these teachings but do not understand their meaning. The most fundamental thing to understand from the beginning is a little truth that gets rather forgotten in martial arts circles, that all martial arts are based on the same scientific laws.
Most martial art practitioners may be tempted to look at one of these ‘other’ systems which is quite alien to their own and feel that it’s Followers are somehow misguided and that “they are somehow quite superior them. It is a common to attach such labels which are caused by our martial art miseducation. Karate, kung fu, tai chi, tae kwon do, to name a few is all martial cousins. Indeed, the relationship is closer even than that; all the different martial art styles are brothers, born from the same martial science root.
All human begins possess joints. Each joint possess a limited range of movement and when twisted beyond that limited range of movement will incapacitate your opponent. Understanding the different structural characteristics of the three different types of joints (synarthrodial, amphiarthrodial, and diarthrodial) that make up the human body will aid in understanding their particular strength and weakness possessed by each joint which can be exploited by the martial practitioner to defeat his opponent or would be attacker. Structural limitations of a joint or group of joints dictate the movement patterns that are possible. Because the arm is a compound appendage, to move a joints in the linkage you must also move the remaining joints that make up that appendage.
There is, only three basic movements which the human body is capable of making bending so that the body occupies less space, stretching so that the body occupies more space and twisting occurs when the body parts rotates about their longitudinal axis. When combined they make up fundamental movement patterns such as running, skipping, hopping, jumping, throwing, striking and walking. Confine the body to occupy less space or expanded so that it can occupy more space will necessitate a coordinated muscle effort to move things toward the body or away from the body. An attack simply put is no more than a push or a pull. Twist/rotation (not to be confused with torque as all movements at joints involve the concept of torque) is no more than a push and pull when one is trying to manipulate the appendage or body of an opponent or a would be attacker. For example to rotate the hand and lower arm in ki bon soo # 2, your fingers have to pull the baby finger side of the hand while your thumb pushes the thumb side of the hand which will cause the hand to twist /rotate about its longitudinal axis. The human body is simply a series of connected blocks, rods, and spheres linked together at the various joints. Martial art masters/educators’ must possess a good understanding of joint structures and their range of movement to understand the strength and weaknesses of each. Simplify your training and ideas, nothing is that complicated. Any alphabet or numbers regardless whether the English, Chinese, Sanskrit, hieroglyphics is composed of a line an some combination of the circle, everything in the known universe is composed of molecules which consists of atoms, which have three basic components protons, neutrons in the nucleus and electrons in outer shells. The different configurations or arrangements in the outer shells make up the different elements. Here we see that three makes many.