Monday, December 20, 2010
Get off the tracks...
It is very important to get off the center line. Sideways, angles, circles, moving in, these are all options. I see it again and again where people keep backing up. This is a bad idea. First off, it's easy to lose your balance and fall or not see obstructions behind you (including another attacker). Second, it very rarely offers any tactical advantage. You are in exactly the same place you started off from, and often you're worse off. Third, it is quite likely you may be bowled over by your attacker if they continue forward.
It's a simple concept, it sounds simple. It's not so simple to do. My particular style usually moves in towards the attacker, or off to the sides to best utilize their strength and momentum against them. We often yield to the opposing force and then re-direct to a position of advantage.
Occasionally, I still find myself backing up, but this is normally during sparring, and less often during Randori. Spend some time watching other students to see if they tend to move straight back. Spend some time watching yourself too.
Remember, you're not in control if you're backing up. You can't plan and get out of danger. At best, you're just trying frantically to protect yourself, which doesn't help you get control of the situation. Your opponent can also track you and time their attacks. A linear target doesn't require the attacker to reacquire their target area and re-aim, they can just keep firing off shots The same can apply if someone pulls a gun on you, but that's a topic for another post.
So the next time that trains coming towards you, do yourself a favor and get off the tracks!!!