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Universal Pattern

Universal Pattern

Some of what it teaches:

  • The Eight Angles – A multiplication sign laid over an addition sign could be used to show the eight major directions that someone could attack or defend from.
  • The Triangle – is a useful tool when learning what path to follow for parries, laid horizontal with your shoulders acting as the base. For covering, again laid horizontal with your rear foot at the peak front foot would follow the base line.
  • The Diamond -could be used to show a geometric path. An example would be the inward block used in Alternating Maces traveling on a downward diagonal path.
  • The Circle – (or circular motion) could be found by following the line the foot travels on in a roundhouse kick, or the footwork in Brushing the Storm.
  • The Oval – (an elongated circle) could be found in Snapping Twig or Locked Wing.
  • The Figure Eight – could be seen as following a geometric line as in Dance of Death where the right hand is making a figure eight with the back knuckle strike to the left knee followed by the hand sword to the groin. It could also be seen as following a path of action in Snaking Talon as the whole forearm uses the figure eight with the inward and outward hand swords.
  • The Overlapping Circles – can be found in Circling Fans.
  • The Heart – can be found in Blinding Sacrifice, Fatal Cross, and Locking Horns.

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