Circular attacks take time, so we use time to defeat them. The time commitment to complete the circular attack will normally produce enough space for a martial artist to strike the attacker with a linear strike. Responding with a fast Direct / Linear Attack in a straight line uses economy of motion and can hit the target before the attacker’s circular attack hits you. Attacking in a direct fashion is performed by moving straight into the opponent along the Line Of Attack (direct path from you to the attacker). This is shortest distance between yourself and the opponent. This is normally accompanied by Initial Speed and Independent Movement techniques.
Linear attacks a fast and many times multiple, so attempting to block them can get you into trouble regardless of your skill level as a martial artist. The best way to address a linear attack is to avoid it completely. Respond with an Off Angle movement. Off Angle attacks are performed by moving or stepping to the left or right of the opponent; normally at a 45 degree to the Line of Attack. This step pattern takes you out of the way of the linear attack while still keeping you close enough to strike the attacker. The attacker must stop his forward movement and adjust to your sudden off angle movement. This gives you the advantage for a moment, so make the best of it with your own fast targeted linear strikes.
The Law of the Circle and Line is one of the 10 Laws of Kenpo. After reading the above you should have a basic understanding of how it works and its usefulness. You can learn more about by joining our on line classes at Virtualkenpo.com.