The Angles of Evasion are the directions used when evading an attack.
The arrows represent the "Angles of Evasion", while the dots
indicate the position an opponent would be in, prior to his attack.
Angles of evasion permit you to avoid direct contact
with an opponent's attack. But they do much more than this.
You are able to lead your opponent into a technique of
neutralization by drawing him into your sphere of defense.
For example; as an opponent steps toward you in an attempt to
grab you, you step away with your left foot as your right
hand comes over the top of his extended arm. As the opponent
sees you attempting to step beyond his reach, he lengthens
his reach by stepping further toward you and extending his
arm as far as possible in an attempt to grab you. He has now
gone beyond his "range of stability". At this point you have
drawn him into your defensive sphere, placed him in a
position of physical instability, and strategically
positioned yourself for the implementation of a technique of
neutralization. As you seize the wrist of the opponent's
extended arm, you step with your right foot to your rear
while rotating the opponent's arm to your right and toward
the ground. You may, at this time, immobilize the opponent
with one, or a combination of, joint manipulation techniques
(kwan jyel sul).
The angles of evasion are the basis for footwork and
efficient mobility. Your movements along these "angles" may
be linear (angular or straight-lined), circular, or a
combination of these movements.
If an opponent steps toward you and punches at your
head, you could evade the attack by moving your right foot to
your front right, while at the same time striking the
opponent with your left hand. His blow continues past you as
he continues to move directly into the path of your counter-movement.
This is an example of "angular' movement along the
angles of evasion.
Using the same attack for demonstration purposes, this
time move your right foot in a circular motion to your front
right until you are in a sitting stance (horse-riding
stance), facing the opponent as he steps toward your original
position with his straight punch. As you step into your
stance, deflect his punch with your left hand as you strike
the opponent with your right hand. This is an example of the
implementation of "circular" movement along the angles of
The eight angles of evasion are the key to evading an
opponent's attack. To evade the attack you simply move along
one of the eight angles along which no hostile force is
directed toward you. You may use these "evasions" to
position yourself to counterattack the opponent, or to move
out of his range of attack and completely avoid any type of
confrontation whatsoever. A detailed study and understanding
is crucial to understanding the theories of defensive action.