Attack The Attacking Portion

This is a good training method against kicks and has also to do with the barging technique. You are inevitably going to be kicked in the stomach so we train to be kicked in the stomach. As your partner kicks you, (gently) into your stomach you should have the idea that you will attack his foot with your stomach. When you are struck, 30% of the effect of the strike is the shock value. As you are about to be struck move in onto the kick and breathe out and as you do this use reverse breathing, i.e.; you breathe out and the lower abdomen is pushed out, not inward as is the normal way of breathing. You attack his foot and push him away. After some time the kicks can become a little harder until you are able to pretty well defend against a medium power kick. It is of course much better to have used the barging technique in conjunction with a block so that you aren't struck at all but this technique trains you for when you are struck and enables you to keep going.

The barging technique is just what it's name implies, we barge in and attack the opponent as he kicks us using a block to move the attacking leg away and so put him off balance.

His timing is put off and so is the kick, even if it does strike, it only has about 50% power. We are then able to take the offensive and attack with a sub-conscious reaction.

166 167 168 169

For front kicks we have someone kick us and usually block in a circle with one palm. Photo No. 166. This is also a P technique. We are now able to re-attack either that same leg to the knee, Photo No. 167, or to the face or body. Photo No. 168.

For the roundhouse kick we block upward with both palms, Photo No. 169. Notice the position of your own elbow; it is used to damage the shin of the on-coming leg. Then we barge in with both arms pounding down onto his body. Photo No. 170.

You should experiment with these techniques to find out which one suits you the best. The whole idea of blocking is based solely upon your being aware and this only comes with countless hours of controlled practice. The moment your attacker has even thought of the attack you barge in and re-attack, this is how we train to defend against kicks. The arms do nothing special they just throw out in a circular block, and then because we used a circular block we are able to bring it back to attack. This is what is meant by balanced Yin and Yang techniques.

You must remember that no technique is perfect and some time in your martial arts training you will be hit, this is the best experience that you can have, you are then at least ready for it when it happens again, and it will. For this purpose we use boxing gloves and protective equipment in sparring.

In order to stop our training from becoming a mêlée we have one person attacking trying to strike the other, while the other will only block and try to get in as close to his attacker as possible to win. The attacker will try and strike the attackee to stop him from coming in. Later and only when both players are ready, we go on to full sparring under supervision. As soon as one player makes a mistake the instructor should stop the match and everyone should talk about that mistake. Do not go on to full sparring too soon as this will only keep you back at a low level. Only when you are ready must you even think about sparring. Even then you must train in sparring for only a short time then get back to basics again. The more you practice the basics, the greater your advanced skills will increase.

Any instructor worth his salt will get in there and box with the students, in this way he is able to completely control that particular student's evolution into a good boxer. Only occasionally should student be put in against student, and then it must be under strict supervision. The match should be stopped when the instructor notices that either player is becoming aggressive or competitive. We learn a martial art so that we are able to defend ourselves and our families not to compete against each other or to build up egos.

Healing Properties Of Tai Chi

Healing Properties Of Tai Chi

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