10 most common errors in combat: solutions

After seeing the 10 most common fight mistakes (for a novice) we continue the discussion exposing the relative solutions:

  • A low guard may be a personal choice, a tactic or a preparation to a technique, a guard “lowered” for distraction or superficiality is the worst error we can do; for those who are not very fast / experienced, the best solution is to keep a guard covering our face, hips and that maintains in an unaccessible lateral position our genitals
  • Underestimating an opponent basing on prejudice or presumption is a serious mistake; if we choose to fight we must always do it to the best of our technical and psychophysical capabilities; only after reaching a stable and securie situation we can think about limiting the damage caused to our attackers
  • Losing control during a fight is easy, losing it before we start fighting is simply silly; no matter what our attackers can say (eg. bad insults) or make (eg. spit in the face) to humble ourselves, the true humiliation is to prostrate our reactions to the domain of others’ provocations; more we remain lucid more our chances of prevailing increase
  • Attack without thinking, guided only by the instinct is nearly always wrong, we risk to be predictable, to use much energy in useless things and most of all to fall into the traps of the others; we do not have to think too much, just a few moments, only the time to gather some information on opponents and to think to a general strategy to prevail; those few seconds can make the difference between life and death, they can start immediately or after a instinctive defense (eg. after an unespected attack we recover space to think)
  • Attack or defend by force when it is not essential it’s foolish and counterproductive, we have to use soft and relaxed movements, we must manage time, distance, recovering time, save energy until it is truly necessary; we have to wait the right moments to use strength in the best way; this way a good and well trained practitioner can have the hope of facing more opponents and / or to resist to clashes prolonged over time
  • In a real fight we never have to go to the ground if it is not the opponent to take us in a more than efficient way, we must try to avoid in every way this common, frequent and dangerous error (we’ve already talked about this in previous articles)
  • We have to avoid to want at all costs to hit a certain target, or to apply a certain technique, it never works; during combat, the maximum number of attempts which is good to try to apply a certain tactic is one; we can repeat a tactic only if it’s successful and in any case if (and only if) our opponent is not expecting it (eg. 1 time per fight)
  • Never try to experiment with new fighting techniques in combat, nor those we have seen it done by others, nor even those that creatively we can imagine; only the greatest experts can risk exposing themselves to such a venture (strong of a vast experience); our style has to be perfected in training and not during a real combat (except for the hopeless cases where everything else has failed)
  • We have to use all the body parts available to us, if we are well-trained we should have only “minor” differences between the dominant side and the other; where instead’re aware we’ve got bad results even in training it is better not to risk and to opt for what is safer (eg. hitting with the shoulders is effective but only if we have trained to develop the right power, and especially if this works for us in a spontaneous way)
  • We never have to give up for fear and / or pain, our training has to teach us this, in a self defense situation we have to forget the limits of our body and our mind replacing them with the determination to survive; if we stop fighting before we are really unable to fight we will not have other opportunities to try again; pain passes, wounds heal, fear is just a hypothetical future inside our mind (and we do not need it); if we are struggling for life: our time is now, and it will never return again

In future articles we will proceed with the discussion analyzing another mistakes typical of a more advanced level of martial arts practitioners.

Author: Master Kongling

Founder of 6 Dragons Kung Fu.

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