In this video, Master Joe Fitzgerald shows how Tang So Do would defend against the basic boxers punches (jabs, cross, uppercut, hook). He also explains how the Tang So Do forms translates to combat situations. Many of the traditional martial arts that uses a belt system teach a lot of forms. Practicing these forms creates muscle memory, balance and focus. It’s not all about remembering a preset pattern and breaking boards, but many people don’t know the real meaning of “forms.” Similar to how boxers “shadow box,” the forms teaches the essential moves and techniques for a possible fight situation. You have to really use your imagination and visualize an opponent attacking you while doing these moves. Different from utilizing and engaging your 5 senses where you need an actual person attacking you to practice a technique or move. Forms are made for solo competition and solo training, but the moves from the forms can be translated to combat situations. It may not look pretty in real time, and will probably be a modification of the original form practiced, but in theory it should work when you spar or get in a physical altercation. The key is to not think of the form when sparring or fighting, the movements should already be engrained in your body and be second nature.