Unbalanced Point

Have you ever tried to knock over a tripod? It isn’t easy. It’s far easier to knock over a two-legged table. Humans have two legs. We would naturally fall over if it weren’t for our joints, muscles and tendons. Still, we have the capacity to fall over and often we do.

In Kempo, we use stances and triangle footwork to create a temporary tripod, thereby creating stability. However, we have angles that are weak. These are unbalanced points.
a) The horse stance is stable from the sides but very tenuous from the front
b) The half moon stance is stable from the side, front and back, but weak from the inside 45° angle

Strike for the unbalanced point or moving to and controlling this point. Knowing the location of the points is half the battle. Kempo Z is a great example of unbalancing points. The final palm to the forehead takes advantage of attackers weak point, his unbalanced point.

Attacking the hara (center of gravity) or displacing the hip creates imbalances, allowing you to defeat the opponent quickly. Continue to explore your techniques with the purpose of discovering hidden unbalanced points in your uke.