In this thread, I'd like to focus very specifically on the topic of the application of IP (whatever that
) in realistic combat situations. No, I don't mean san ti standoffs that become pattycake fights as are so commonly shown as "applications" in IMA vid clips. I also don't mean situations that end with the defender simply giving the attacker a big push. For perspective, I'm talking about the kind of situations that I could discuss without caveats and asterisks to my military, LEO special teams, beat cop, forensics and counter-terrorism specialist friends without having to apologize for the silliness of the depicted tactic. Sorry to be so undiplomatic about it guys, but that's the level of realism I'm after in this discussion. Frankly, if it can't be used realistically under those requirements, it's not realistic enough to bother with anyway.
Note: the applications don't have to be tactically extreme (although they sometimes will be), they just have to be realistic to the context of a real assault. If the assault involves a single unarmed attacker not intent on killing or seriously injuring anyone, perhaps a purely defensive tactic might actually be realistic. Of course, that particular context itself is very nearly unrealistic anyway. It need not be nasty and it need not be personal, but I'll be perfectly willing to call anyone on an unrealistic suggestion, so let's keep the contexts as real as the tactics, shall we?
With that in place, how then is this IP stuff (definitions and mechanics already discussed in other threads) actually used to defend somebody....you know, the whole point of martial arts skills in the first place?