Whilst listening to the (1967) Jimi Hendrix album entitled 'Fire' - I thought I would make a copy of two Goju Ryu Karate-Ka displaying what is called 'Online Kata'! This involves an elaborately designed Kata being disassembled and applied in a straightforward 'one-on-one' self-defence situation. Generally speaking, Kata are multi-dimensional entities designed as a militarised response to multiple attackers coming in from all different directions. Online Kata condenses this down to just a single defender and a single attacker - with both changing roles when the sequence is completed. As can be seen, the blows are delivered with full-power - whilst safety is assured by each blowing landing an inch or two before the intended target area. The arms and legs are making full-contact with regards to 'blocking'. This is pure 'bone-on-bone' full-power conditioning. If the blows landed - then damage would certainly arise - although at this level the body-conditioning is of such a high standard that it would be limited only to the robust surface structures. Those who have mastered the 'internal' - are able to 'pierce' the conditioned outer areas (like a sharp metal knitting-needle) - so that a concentrated force is directed straight into the central nervous system and the neural pathway. The only way to counter this high level of power is to a) experience it within a strictly controlled environment, and b) learn to accept this incoming force and pass it 'through' the body' so that it does not congregate in the central nervous system. In the above example, this is probably happening in the limbs of the practitioners themselves - with the bones being made strong through a combined and integrated 'external' and 'internal' interaction. On a practical level, within a self-defence situation it is preferrable to harness the erratic technique of the aggressor and channel it into a more conducive frequency of aggression - a frequency that can be easily controlled, diverted and negated.
Shifu Adrian Chan-Wyles (b. 1967) - Lineage (Generational) Inheritor of the Ch'an Dao Hakka Gongfu System.