The soft techniques are the movements that involve continuous contact with your opponent and general involve escapes from being grabbed, and having the option to throw the opponent on the floor, and pin.
By using Kempo’s principles, you can weaken your attacker’s position and strengthen your own – through a combination of balance, leverage, timing and weak points.
In order to throw someone larger and stronger than yourself, you act with the strength of your whole body and apply in it such a way it is hard to resist. By learning the principles behind the techniques the opportunities revealed in an attacker’s position are exploited to maximum effect.
For example, taking the opponent’s balance while maintaining your own allows you to resist an attack by a stronger, larger person. Pay attention to how they are standing and learn where their balance is weaker.
Twisting the wrist in particular directions allows you to control their arm and shoulder movements. If you control the shoulder, you control them.
From elude to throw
Many Shorinji Kempo techniques are related to each other. Each elude that you learn can be developed further into a throw. With more options available you can make better choices in each situation.