David Knowlton wrote:
I think most folks think of martially effective as 'hard': hard blocks, hard throws to the ground, lots of effort and occasional bleeding and joint injuries.
For us it is just the opposite. If you are strong enough, you can do hard techniques and they work - unless your opponent is too strong or clever. But it costs a lot of energy.
Feel the power and do the technique just hard enough to redirect and use your opponents power will save the energy you might need for the next one. So soft techniques (not necessarily a soft uke) are (can be) martially more effective than hard ones.
I admit a hard atemi saves energy according to long-time grappling. But even if you train lethal martial arts (which we do not), you can save energy by knowing when and where to put the technique, which means it is softer to you - not necessarily to your uke