Reflections on linear and angular martial arts

I just read this interesting post ( on martial arts techniques that reflects on linear (karate, shin e) and circular (aikido, ba qua) styles of martial arts.
I believe that there are general principles of combat based on the way the human body is built and moves. Ultimately, all martial arts are going to discover these principles and incorporate them into the art. Yes, there will be stylistic differences between arts just as there are differences between bodies and personalities. They all seem to share many principles though. Maybe it is the Tao of martial arts.
As far as being linear and circular is concerned, it is like the Tao too. Something hard is countered by something soft. Something circular is countered or morphs into something linear. The world is made of contrasts but these contrasts interact and compliment each other.

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