The Three-Phase Concept
Kenpo techniques are taught with a three phase formula where the student is expected tolearn the technique as written [ in stone of course :-) ], then go on to play with thepossibilities. The Three Phases are, in order, the following:Ideal PhaseIn the Ideal Phase the student learns the technique "by the book". This means the attack isspecified, the defense is applied and the attackers reaction is known.What-If PhaseIn the What-If Phase the student(s) experiment with different possible scenarios for theattack and attackers reactions.Formulation PhaseWith the Formulation Phase the student tears apart the technique, explores its principlesand develops alternate, spontaneous, reactions all with the aid theequation formula.
The Equation Formula for fighting was designed as a formula to allow fighters tobuild/design logical and practical fighting techniques. It states that for any base move (iepunch/kick) or group of moves (technique - ie Delayed Sword) one may modify theirintention by:1. Alter the target area, weapon, or both.2. Prefix a strike or block with an off angle body positioning (ie step out of the way of the weapon!).3. Perhaps Suffix your strike with one or several more.4. Rearrange the order of a technique. Instead of block-chop-punch change it to block-punch-chop (don’t forget to block though :-)).5. Insert a move, perhaps simultaneously, such as a check of another weapon.6. Delete a move to prevent unwanted injury to yourself, your opponent or to preventunnecessary time spent engaging and less time leaving!7. You may wish to adjust the range or angle of the weapon.8. Regulate your weapons speed or force and you may get a very different reaction.