18 Principles

1.   Timing: This is the study of the timing relationship between you and your opponent. Timing improves with muscle memory and has no relationship to speed or power. Perfect timing allows the smaller slower pesilat to defeat larger, stronger and faster opponents.

2.   Sensitivity: This is the development of kinesthetic sense, body awareness and balance between you and your opponents as well as your environment.

3.   Relaxation:  The idea here is to 1st become aware of where unnecessary tension exists in your body and mind and then systematically relax any part that has tension. This will dramatically increase sensitivity and helps develop the principle of Penetration through learning to relax, tense and relax the body to perform penetrating whipping strikes.

4.   Penetration: Penetrating strikes and taking the opponents space.

5.   Continuous: Flow: The ability to link combinations and series of movements without breaking continuity of motion by stopping or resetting.

6.   Adhesion: Sticking blows, sticking to the opponent.

7.   Ranging: The study of understanding range and controlling the distance in regards to your opponents.

8.   Bamboo: Utilizing core awareness and angulation of the body to be flexible like bamboo and help develop “Mad Rooster” and Ricochet Hitting.

9.   Off Timing: (Mental, Visual, and Auditory). Spontaneously altering your speed and rhythm from fast to slow to and sometimes pausing momentarily, as well as the use of stomping and slapping, used to “Steal your Opponents Awareness”.

10.  Explosiveness: Rather than moving at 120mph, Explosiveness is defined as moving from 0 to 60, honing your skill performance to go from a point of no movement to the completion of the technique.

11.  Compacting: Utilizing your body as a weapon by collapsing one blow into another (the secret of kilap and poison hand).

12.  The Thorn: The rose is a beautiful flower but when you go to grab the stem you get stuck by a thorn. The thorns of your body are your knees and elbows. When an opponent throws in a strike they will naturally get impaled by the thorns of our body.

13.  Deception and Decoying: Includes Camouflage and Stealth techniques. Making yourself appear to be vulnerable or using baits and feints to entice your opponent into a false sense of confidence. Also includes indirect vision and indirect hitting.

14.  Destruction: “Destroy or Get Out” The systematic destruction of your opponents incoming attacks beginning with Joints, Muscles and then finally Nerve Destructions.

15.  Body Armor: Positioning your body to protect yourself at all times.

16.  Trapping: Foot trapping and momentary trapping or immobilizations to produce breaks, muscle or nerve destructions.

17.  Adaptation: Adaptation is the ability to switch gears and recover from abrupt changes. It is an accumulation and linking of several traits together. Learning to adapt to your environment, your opponent, etc.

18.  Off-Balancing: Including both physical and mental and the use of Tarik (pulling) and Dorong (pushing) to put your opponent in a position where they are unsteady and ready to fall or to shock and off-balance them mentally through the use of the stone face and tenaga dallam.

“Our feelings and our bodies are like water. We learn to swim within the energies of the (body) senses.”

– Tarthang Tulku


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