Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Today's TDA Tip: Get the block first!

Too often, when I see people drill a "complex" skill, I see the following:

  1. Jimmy punches at Bob

  2. Bob steps inside, grabs Jimmy's wrist

  3. Bob performs Kotegaeshi (wrist out-turn) and takes Jimmy down, then follows up

What was missing? The block! What's missing is that before you do step two, you've got to do step one, and stop the original attack. Everything else depends upon it. Remember this in drills, that the "good stuff" is just icing on the cake. Get the block/parry/slip/duck/jam, THEN perform the pretty part.

Have a great day. Back to work!

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