Buoyancy is achieved when it becomes impossible for your opponent to empty all of the air out of his body, which prevents him from settling into a strong position. This is achieved by moving your opponent into a buoyant hand or foot position. In a buoyant hand position, the back of your opponent's hand is against his body, palm facing out. In a buoyant foot position, the toes are no longer parallel and are out of alignment. His body cannot completely settle.
When motion is stopped for any reason, the person is in a linear alignment. Moving in a circular motion can break down linear strength. Attack a linear attack with a circular defense, or a circular attack with a linear defense. This will break down the strength of the attack.
Closing the Gap
When there is a gap between your body and your opponent's body, someone will close the gap. No matter how tight you get to your opponent, there will usually be a gap somewhere. It may be where his hips are, or the back of his knees, or his back, or his head. Look for the gap and always keep trying to close it. Be mindful that any kind of movement (even breathing) is capable of opening a gap at any time.
Compression is a method of realigning, misaligning, or pressing down upon or against part of the body. In some instances, by compressing the spine you can create a misalignment, weakening the anatomical structure of the neck and spine. This type of body compression causes the structural integrity of the body to rapidly deteriorate.
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