We continue the discussion about errors in combat proposing some solutions to the previously identified mistakes of intermediate level fighters:
- Our starting position must hide our intentions; this is possible for example in two ways, the first is to pretend (consistently) to prepare for the implementation of another technique, the second is to maintain a dynamic and mobile guard suitable to perform 2 or more techniques
- The blows should be loaded only in dynamic conditions or strong opponent’s disadvantage, never when we are far from him; our gaze must be expressionless, we have to see everything without wading nothing (especially the target and the limb we want to use); it is very good if we can steer our gaze (if the situation allows it) in the opposite direction from where we will find our target
- As for the techniques, even the attack / defensive tactics should never be repeated; if we train well, to insert changes (consistently) is easier than it seems and leads to surprising results (for example, we can insert dubbed shots, pauses, accelerations, pressures, grabbing, etc.); the important thing is not to sacrifice efficiency in the name of unpredictability and control of the pace of the fight to hurry to get to a target
- Our attitude must be enthusiastic but controlled, quiet and peaceful but resolute, we must not pretend to be less or more than what we are, what we have to show is simply awareness; awareness leaves no room for doubt and it can destabilize the security of our opponent
- If we are really fighting for life (not for our belongings or whatever), there is no reason to prove any kind of fairness towards our aggressors; we must be resolute and ready to get us instantly overwhelming advantages, by all possible means; in terms of Real “ultimate defense” there is nothing illicit
- While we fight we have to forget that kind of fear that leads us to defend to the bitter end and that kind of arrogance that drives us to attack without strategy; our training has to build in us a rational personality that can come into play at times of high emotional stress, able to understand and misuare the use of emotions to our advantage, and to do not suffer them
- Although if we feel stronger, conditioned, technically expert it does not make sense to get involved by our opponent in too close contact, try to withstand impacts that we could prevent or lend us to unnecessary efforts; let’s learn to keep ourselves in the middle distance and to get closer only when in advantage, the nearer we are the most we are in danger of suffering severe damage, make great efforts, prolonging the battle and lose opportunities of escape; we must use as much as possible the opponent’s strength and keep our, this works as in the street as in a sport competition
- As it happen in chess, we must learn to recognize situations in which it is convenient to sacrifice something in favor of something else and when it is not useful at all (for example is useless to throw a punch on a shoulder, if this provides space to our opponent to strike us to the chin); not all opportunities are good, we have to try to project our reason on subsequent moves to be applied to leave past-directives and / or instinct to manage the present ones
- Our guard stance should always be present and active, our limbs (even while we are executing other techniques) should always be ready to defensive moves, covering moves, elastic moves, resistance moves, grasping moves, attack moves, distraction moves, balance recovery, etc.
- Our whole body, all of our limbs need to be arranged to always leave at any moment a small percentage of elastic mobility; we must never keep body elements such as elbows or knees to their maximum rigid extension, we still have to maintain a flexibility of space (5-10%), in this way we will avoid breakages, strains and a lot of other kind of incapacitating damages
- As we have already mentioned, the shots should be loaded only when the situation allows us to do, in all other cases it must be our workout to provide the energy needed to release great power in very narrow spaces; the charging of the shots gives us a lot of power but this is not always necessary; a good replace to ample charging movements is for example the muscle chain
In the next article of this series we will see the mistakes that even the most experienced fighters occasionaly commit.
Author: Master Kongling
Founder of 6 Dragons Kung Fu.