Overall view: the exercise with the two attackers

See everything, do not look at anything: the applications

As we seen in the past articles (read The overall view: see everything, do not look at anything and What we need to develop the overall view) the overall view is a fundamental skill for any kind of practitioner:

  • In self-defense – To see what happens around us (unexpected aggressors, etc.)
  • In sports competitions – To hide our intentions to the opponent (faints, etc.)
  • In military contexts – To maintain even an ample scenario under our control (the windows of a building, etc.)
  • In daily life – Even driving a car, a bicycle (etc.) to be able to effectively manage a large line of sight can be a life-saving attitude

An exercise to improve the overall view

Starting from the basic practice of the Hanging Speedballs (read Basic tools: the Hanging Speedball), let’s see a good exercise to develop the overall view.


What we need for this exercise:

  • Let’s hang 2 elastic ropes (one at our right and one at our left)
  • Let’s add to the end of the elastic ropes 2 tennis balls (inside a small bag)
  • The 2 balls should near the height of our center of gravity (not necessarily the same height)
  • In terms of distance, the 2 ropes must be positioned so that, if inclined, they can easily touch us
  • Let’s position ourselves between the balls but going backward enough to be able to see both the balls
  • The balls must be respectively at the 2 ends of our line of sight
  • Let’s tilt the head 45° downward and let’s look at a point in front of us (as much central as possible)

How to execute the exercise

How to perform the exercise:

  • Let’s make the ropes swinging in our direction asymmetrically (first one and then the other)
  • Let’s never move our eyes from the precedently designated point
  • Let’s try to effectively hit the balls before they reach us (kicks, punches, etc.)
  • We can freely move one step to the right, left, back and front
  • If we fail to hit, we have to channel the strength of the ball
  • If we fail to channel the strength, let’s parry it
  • If we fail to parry, let’s try to not be hit
  • Let’s try to handle all the oscillations and not skipping any lap


In its most advanced version (only for advanced / experts):

  • The tennis balls may be replaced by 2 hanging sticks parallel to the ground (very dangerous, read Advanced exercises: the swivel hanging stick)
  • The tennis balls may be replaced by 2 practitioners that attack (before in a symmetric and schematic manner, gradually, “freely”)

A note by Master Kongling – Two things: first, in this case, we do not use the speedballs because they are bigger and more easy to be caught; second, this practice, even in its basic version, is good for intermediate / advanced practitioners, counterproductive for beginners (it can slow down our pace if we are not used to dynamic target reaching).

Final notes

This exercise is very useful because:

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Reply in the comments and share your experience:

  • Can you manage the two targets without interrupting your flow?

Author: Master Kongling

Founder of 6 Dragons Kung Fu.

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