Bruce Lee philosophical bs ahead
This line you and many others perceive between "hard" (active, initiating contact)and "soft" (reactive, deflecting or redirecting contact) arts doesn't really exist in the real world. It's a decent teaching concept, but the boundary people draw between "hard" and "soft" is purely illusory.
Originally Posted by BlazeLeeDragon
During non-compliant sparring, there are moments when you are best served utilizing the "soft" concept that you differentiate. Other times, the "hard" concept is the most appropriate response. As one progresses in skill, there is no doubt that the "soft" option becomes more readily available.
I have experienced this firsthand in my sparring. The older and better I get, the easier it is for me to make the other guy work harder. Despite this, there are still times when a sudden explosive movement is the most applicable to the situation.
There is no "hard" or "soft" as separate entities. There is only the continuum between the two.
Ok, I'm done. Your post gave me an excuse to express a thought that's been knocking around in the back of my head for a while. Thanks.