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Evasive Tactics

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Evasive Tactics

The other night during our adult martial arts class in Savage, I was working with a beginner who was becoming frustrated that they weren't able to successfully counter a student who had longer reach.  Every time they attacked, they found themselves running into hits.  When their opponent was coming at them, all they could do was run out of range or cover and get hit.  "How do I stop him from hitting me?" she cried in frustration.

"You don't," I responded.  "You're shorter.  His punch is your way in."

We then started working on bobbing and weaving and getting comfortable moving in on punches as opposed to backing away from your opponent.  When you're shorter, retreating just leaves you in range of a longer opponent's tools.  As the student got more comfortable slipping, ducking, and weaving through punches, I asked her what she saw.

"His body is open, his groin is open, his legs are open for a takedown."

Now, bobbing and weaving, she was in range for hits that she never would have seen if all she did was run and cover.  Evasive tactics allow you to counter and hit during and between (after their energy is expended from one strike and before they are ready for the next) your opponent's attacks.  Rather than seeking to stop his attacks by blocking or stifle his attacks through overwhelming offense, they allow you to hit him at his weak moments, when his energy is expended.

Bruce Lee states in the Tao of Jeet Kune Do, "Evasive tactics combined with punishment can be applied in no-hold-barred fighting during the opponent’s final extended commitment and during the gaps between two progressive exertions toward you. These tactics will serve to take the play away from an aggressor or will initiate grappling."

Often in life, we don't have the resources to deal with a situation head on.  It seems to be stronger than we are.  Keeping our eyes on the target, we can find better ways of dealing with it by changing our perspective.

Where in your life are you facing something that seems impossible?

What can you do today to change your perspective of that situation?

FINAL THOUGHTS:  Many times, especially when you're just beginning to tackle a challenge, you don't have the strength and attributes to deal with it head on.  Learning how to slip, duck, bob, and weave, can open opportunities for you that you might not have seen if you had just covered and fired back.

PRINCIPLE:  Sometimes the best tactic isn't to stop a situation from coming at you, but to let it come.

QUESTION:  Where in your life are you spending so much time running and hiding from a situation that you aren't seeing the opportunity in it?

TASK:  What can you do today to stop running, and start seeing openings?

QUOTE:  

Evasive tactics combined with punishment can be applied in no-hold-barred fighting during the opponent’s final extended commitment and during the gaps between two progressive exertions toward you. These tactics will serve to take the play away from an aggressor or will initiate grappling. - The Tao of Jeet Kune Do


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