michaeledward said:Many beginners have a misunderstanding of the attack, because of the name; Charging does not mean to imply forward momentum on the part of the attacker, but rather the position the attacker. The attacker will be bent forward, in a similar body position of a Charging Ram. The attack, itself, consists of one step forward, and grab. Any forward momentum is halted by the attacker.
DavidCC said:Why would anyone EVER do that??? What is the attacker trying to accomplish by stopping their own momentum?
I'm agreement with DavidCC here. The attacker will not stop their own momentum if their intention is to tackle you to the ground. Only if they perceive a threat will they attempt to stop, but they will still have forward momentum when their body hits you. Even then they may just 'go for broke' and thump into you. This attack does not start 10 meters away either, it is a close-in, sudden lunge at your lower body, with intent.
My conversation with my instructor's instructor was that only in the technique 'Intercepting the Ram' does the aggressor apply any forward momentum. In both Charging Ram and Broken Ram, he was very clear, the attack is that the aggressor takes a step in, and stops himself.
In my opinion, this kind of logic is typically applied when there are problems with the way the techniques are being trained. In the above scenario, the attacker has to stop otherwise the techniques would not work. But hold on, what if he keeps coming at you? You will not know ahead of time if the attacker will stop or not - if you happened to rear-twist and attempt Charging Ram and he doesn't stop, then its game over. Much better to assume the worst and have a technique that is robust enough to counter the attacker's forward momentum and provide a response once the initial attack has been absorbed.
I posted about these techniques a while ago: http://www.martialtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=36680
In my own tests, I found parrying the arm in Charging Ram a no-no. Even if you 'luck out' and get the parry (unlikely imo) the attacker will go sailing straight past you.