Defensive Footwork

Defensive* footwork is a bit more complicated since it's related more to the force and angle of the oncoming attack. There are several ways you can move in relation to an oncoming force If you have time you can move out of .Is reach entirely If you know approximately where the strike is coming from, you can move into it and stop it or deflect It before it picks up momentum. If you are caught too suddenly to avoid the blow entirely, you can ride with it while deflecting It slightly or. given a little more time, you can stay just ahead of it until its energy dissipates. Sometimes two tactics such as these are used simultaneously.

The easiest way to explain these tactics ks to the mangle again Imagine four triangles on the floor, placed such that they form a square.

You've already -stepped to the s tie of your opponent, defending from another attack. He's about to return with a horizontal back hand swing ("number four"J You must get out of the main path of the weapon. Stepping directly to one side or the other would tend to leave you still In the striking plane. Stepping straight back or straight In is sometimes used, depending on your foot placement or your distance from the opponent, but by doing so you remain on a line where his Mriklng power is at its maximum, should your step be the slightest bit slow.

If you follow the b line, moving slightly away from the strike you give yourself enough time to get beyond its reach In the illustration below, the defender leans over the opponent's strike to hit his hand

If you see the attack coming, you can move in on the c line and stop It before it begin*.

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