what are people's thoughts on the first movement of some forms being a 'flich response', or for that matter 'flich response' being included in the forms throughout.
i have been thinking on this for a while and thought i would throw an example out to see what people think
i want to use the following form as an example (it is a TKD form but the principles should apply to other kata/forms too)
take a look at the movements 1-2 and the 3-4
generally this is taught as being an outside block followed by a punch
however i have a few problems with this:
1. the arm stays in line with the shoulder so a hook punch would go round it
2. it is not a effective block for a straight punch becasue it is a mechanically weak movement
3. you are exposing your inner wrist to your attacker
4. if the block is a 'wrist on wrist' block then the punch would fall way short of it's target, you would need ot step forward as in other forms
so with the objections above, I would say that the actual block is what is usually taught as a preperation i.e. the crossing of your hands in front of your face. this makes you much tighter and in a better defensive position, and is more natural. from this position we can then use one hand to pull the attacking arm down and the other to reach and grab the attacker by the hair (or ears or anything that you can get a hold of) enabling you to pull the opponent into your punch.
this is just an example but i would like to know others thought on this as it is something i have been looking at for a while, i.e what is genreally taught as a set up for a block (the crossing of the hands) is actually the block itself. and what is often taught as a block is a grab, strike , range finder or something else
thanks for any input