At Ironcrane Dojo every
student masters the essential concepts of balance. We
present them here for your own research and exploration:
Balance is relative. You don't
have to be balanced to attack or defeat someone else's
balance. To offbalance someone else, you simply create a
situation where their balance is inferior to your own.
Relative to them, you are
balanced, relative to you, they are off balanced.
When Does Offbalancing
Imagine a two sided scale. On
each pad of the scale, there are two weights, each
weight weighing 100 pounds, a total of two hundred
pounds. Since the weight is split evenly, there is
perfect balance, the pads will remain balanced and
Now suppose you take another
100 pound weight and place it on the right side. That
side immediately drops down, and the scale is out of
The same will happen if you
put a 50 pound weight, a 25 pound weight, a shoe, a
feather, or a postage stamp. Relative to the state of
balance, the weight of a feather is the same as the 100
pound weight. Thanks to Gallileo, we know that the
downward drop will even be at the same rate.
Feather or Anvil?
For self defense, off
balancing with a feather's touch is the preferred
When in contact with an
opponent, any overt force is immediately perceived and
countermeasures initiated. When you move hard, the
opponent reads and reacts. It is the feather's touch
that slips in unnoticed. Once the feather has tilted the
balance, the trigger is set for the opponent's defeat.
This must be given
considerable thought. The feather's touch is so slight
it barely requires energy, and in some instances can be
accomplished with a stare, a sound, or a shifting
glance. Relative to you (the defender), the attacker's
balance has become inferior, and the fight can be turned
in an instant.
Offbalancing as a Defense
Somewhere in every move, there
should be at attempt at offbalancing. This is the hidden
science. When done properly, the opponent stumbles and
struggles to recover, but will have no idea why he is so
clumsy, never realizing you are pile driving him with
off balancing feathers.
Offbalancing As a Counter
Your opponent is attempting to
off balance you. As you are losing your balance, instead
of struggling to regain your balance (which is the
expected reaction, and hence will be sensed/neutralized
by the attacker) find a place of leverage where you can
off balance your opponent. Again, balance is relative.
If you opponent's balance is a feather's weight off
(less) from your own, relative to your oppenent, you are
in balance, and they will fall.
an Example Application of the Concept