kung fu moves · 09/13/2023

The intercombination theory of judo

“Intercombination” is the offensive and defensive distance between one’s own side and the other side. As the basic intercombination of judo, it is a step at a time, which is the distance that can further attack the opponent with a move, and take a step back to avoid the opponent’s attack.

For the step-by-step intercombination, there is a distinction between “near intervenation” and “far-distance interfusion”, but the real interfusion is determined by each person’s physique, degree of exercise, technical or mental state, there are no rigid regulations, to truly understand what intermediary cooperation they should maintain in attack and defense, the most important thing is to fully exercise the basic inter-cooperation of one step and one move, and achieve it in practice.

The above is only a general picture of the interunion in terms of appearance, but it is necessary to look further at the spiritual intercombination.

In judo competitions, the two sides maintain a certain intercourse at the beginning, but in a state of high concentration and tension, it is impossible to maintain this interfusion for a long time, during this time, there will be all kinds of distractions, anxiety, panic, etc., and those who do not exercise enough often appear irritable and blind at this time, and easily use their skills to make moves, and as a result, they cannot maintain the interfusion and incur failure.

In ancient Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, there is also the theory of intercombination: “I am close to the enemy, and the enemy is far away from me”. This principle of intermitation is difficult to understand and is now represented by a simple diagram:

The intercombination theory of judo-illustration-

[Figure 2] This figure shows that the two sides of the enemy are evenly matched.

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[Figure 3] This figure shows that if our side advances and attacks, it will be difficult for the enemy to attack us and our side to attack the enemy, which belongs to the intercombination of “I am close to the enemy, the enemy is far away from me”, that is, the offensive pattern of “the enemy is false and I am real, and the enemy is obedient to me”, but at this time it cannot be said that our side has achieved complete victory, because the enemy still has room for turning back into [Figure 2].

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[Figure 4] This figure shows that our side has avoided the enemy’s attack, attacked the opponent’s void, and won the victory. There is no room for the enemy to be close.