You’ve heard about in class or from the rumor mill in the Kempo community. I didn’t invent the method; rather, I gave it a hip name. It’s really about sticky hands and hooking. Silat players call it adhering.
Scotch Tape Kung Fu is a silly name I gave to adhering. The Scotch Tape I’m familiar with is sticky, yet you can pull it off of things easily. Likewise, the hands and feet can stick to the opponent, yet they can be pulled off easily. The hands and feet can also be hooked to catch and snag the limbs of opponents.
What are the benefits of this concept? It provides sensitivity to the movements of the opponent. By touching the individual, you can feel when certain muscle groups contract and relax. It’s the body’s way of telling you what it will do next.
It increases control of the body. By placing your hands and feet at certain joints (often called the nine pearls), you can leverage limbs to control the entire body. When you have a repertoire of joint locks and arrest, you’ll notice how quickly and easily it is to control someone you’re “stuck” to.
Being “stuck” does not mean you’re really stuck. As with “Scotch” tape, you can pull it off. You have a quick release from the lock. This concept is not involved jujutsu locks and traps, rather it is a method of staying in contact. When you need to stop contacting the opponent, you just release.
A sticky example
One of the best examples of this concept is in the snake techniques. In Kempo Snake 1, you absorb the strike and flow into contact with the elbow. From there, you apply pressure on the upper arm to lock out the elbow. The other hand is adhering to the opponent’s face and neck. After the throw, you’re still adhering to the arm with your knees on the shoulder and hip.
Another use is found in blocking sets. A pushing palm often follows a palm block to the outside. The first contact hand “rolls” the opponent’s arm over to position their elbow for an attack. Continuous contact allows for proper checking of the weapons and opportunity for locks.
Seek to maintain contact with the enemy at all times using this method. After you become experienced with this type of contact, you will learn how to “read” your opponent and use their body against them.