Vacant Fist has been used effectively in battle countless times by GJ with great effect, admittedly only when used in conjunction with HL18P. Though I doubt GJ's version of VF reaches the level of ZBT, since he invented it, it's still quite effective. GJ produced a workable version of DJST after seeing WYS use it from the secret room where WY was healing him so his Vacant Fist should be quite well developed. As for whether it suits his personality, I doubt ZBT would even teach it to him if it didn't. Besides, given the numerous times we see GJ using it, I think it's a stretch to suggest that it doesn't suit him.But does GJ reach the level of greats using VacantFist (which ZBT uses)? [Meaning, VacantFist may not suit GJ's personality]
I disagree that launching an attack in quick succession is similar to using two techniques simultaneously, which is what L/R Hand does. With the three successive Divine Finger Flicks from WYS, there's still an least a pause in between, whereas Vacant Fist and HL18P are used at the same time. Also, many of the palms in HL18P only require one hand. Isn't Subduing the Dragon with Regret (Hong Lung Yau Fui) just moving your arm in a circle and striking out? Is there a quote in the novel where it says both hands are required for full power?Your first paragraph is neutralized by the 2nd paragraph. This "quick" succession of flickingStones is kinda like L/R technique with its succession of techniques. Besides, HL18Z requires "both" hands for full power [so L/R is limited]?
[QUOTE]Void. HYS's flickingStone requires tremendous power, otherwise how did he neutralize YG's palms? QUOTE]
I think WYS's flicking stones is well-engineered move and not necessarily reliant on his internal power only. After all, his inner power is not the highest, though it is far from weak. Perhaps the trajectory of the snap and the placement of the stone are key elements that make the technique more powerful. I think any Greats level fighter can flick a stone at a high velocity, but WYS's version is just much better designed. Even if a Great-level fighter practiced flicking rocks according to their own formula, I doubt they could create a version as powerful.
Finally, I disagree on this. I'm quite sure GJ has used two different palms from HL18P at the same time via L/R Hand during his battle with the throngs of next generation Chuen Jun members. It doesn't just have to be HL18P and Vacant Fist. If GJ cannot use his other hand to launch a powerful attack, then L/R Hand would only be useful combining a soft and hard technique. BTW, what is your definition of a powerful attack? Are you using it interchangeably with a hard technique? Vacant Fist may not be hard and overbearing, but if combined with internal energy, it can still be effective.Meaning, GJ probably cannot use his other hand to initiate a powerful technique.
Aside from the few disagreements, you've made some good points.. I hadn't considered whether the 9Y kung-fu really suits ZBT..