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"Parrying is a sudden movement of the hand from the inside or the outside of an oncoming blow, to deflect the blow from its original path. It is a LIGHT, EASY movement depending on TIMING rather than force. A blow is never parried until the last moment & always when close to the body." - the Tao of Jeet Kune Do

Especially at the beginning of training in Jeet Kune Do, many students over-power or over-commit when they parry. The emphasis on a timed, light movement defines the success of a parry.

Too forceful a movement, & you will over-commit yourself, leaving you vulnerable, or you will give your opponent the energy he needs to redirect his blow elsewhere.

If you parry too soon, you will over-extend yourself and open yourself up to a well-timed attack.

Parrying requires an understanding of the opponent's attack & an acceptance of it.

It takes an attitude of receiving the opponent's energy.

This means parrying cannot be done out of fear but out of patience.

An attack can be a frightening thing.

There are many instances in life where a situation or action triggers fear or anger in us.

Our first instinct can be to deny that this is happening to us.

It can be easy to over-react out of that sense of anger, denial, & fear but our over-reaction often makes the situation worse.

We can find ourselves in a more vulnerable position.

Sometimes, we have to begin from a place of acceptance.

No matter how much we want to deny it, we are in the situation we are in, & we have to let it play out.

Once we've come to that acceptance, we can maintain our composure & work within the situation to bring about the outcome we want.

By applying just the right amount of energy at just the right time, we can protect ourselves.

Where in your life do you need to find calm acceptance of the situation you are in so that you take the right action to protect yourself?

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