As Chris and I sparred and increased the intensity, we each managed to take a couple of solid hits. The solid hit I took to the head in the form of a left hook that really hit home and rang my bell. I actually saw stars briefly. My response, as I've trained myself to do, was to let loose my own strikes, and to keep at it until I had regained my composure.
She explains her reasoning for that response “is to keep from being overwhelmed.” A great idea in that almost no one is effective blocking, and even less are effective defending strikes when impaired by the loss of balance and coordination that comes from taking a hard shot to the head.
This strategy can be applicable in almost any self defense situation where you are being overwhelmed, or you are smaller or weaker that your attacker – go on the attack!
Great post, Sensei!
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