The Secret to Controlling Balance
Taking your opponent’s balance is absolutely essential for effective execution of many techniques in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. This is especially true when your opponent is much bigger and stronger than you. Done properly, your opponent will not recognize that their balance has been taken until it’s too late for them to recover; however, done incorrectly, your opponent will sense the attempt to take their balance, and will make the necessary corrections to re-align their body into a position of strength. And more than likely, it’ll end badly for you.
The secret to taking your opponent’s balance lies in the fact that balance is handled by the cerebellum – a primitive part of the brain. And, much like taking candy from a baby requires finesse, so does taking your opponents balance. This skill takes many years to master, and requires high-quality instruction.
Physics, psychology, and geometry provide the theory behind this subtle but critically important skill – the significance of which can be best illustrated by an analogy: “forcing your opponent off-balance is like using a sledge-hammer to swat a fly – the only person that’ll be thrown off-balance is you”.
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(c) Paul Mann, 2015