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Take a Step Back

The other night during Jeet Kune Do class, we were working on Street Kickboxing sparring drills.  Several students were having an issue dealing with their partner's attacks, particular when there was a great deal of forward pressure put on them.  Many times, they would find themselves leaning too far back to be able to defend themselves, and a few lost their balance and fell over.

Bruce Lee writes in the Tao of Jeet Kune Do, "...many fighters commit the error of leaning back on their rear leg when defending themselves instead of taking a short step back.  In such cases, attack the rear weight-bearing foot.*

Sometimes in life, we can find ourselves completely caught up in an emotional struggle or personal conflict.  We get so invested in it, that we fail to take even a small step back.  We find ourselves leaning in a direction outside of our position, off-balance, because we want to hold our ground or we are too focused on the opponent in front of us.  This leaves us in an extremely vulnerable position and can set us up for a fall, either emotionally or physically.  Often, taking even a small step back will give us a better sense of timing, help us relax, and give us more of an opportunity to evaluate our opponent.  From there, we will have better base and balance from which to respond.

Where in your life are you caught in an emotional or physical conflict that has you off balance?

What can you do today to take a short step back?


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