Response Drills and Fear (diary entry)


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Tonight we looked at sensitivity, initiation and responsiveness at stand-up and clinch range. We began with some pummeling than some light clinch sparring, bringing knees. Attention was then taken to hand striking. This involved a drill to encourage punching at close quarters. In principle the drill is not that dissimilar to wing chun’s chi sau.


We then began drilling reversals from the wall and also a self-defence application involving an eye gouge/headbutt combination. Taking the reversal principle back to the mat we looked at a single underhook takedown. This exercise is done from the pummelling action and involves one student pulling the other forward using an underhook. The opponent puts their foot forward to prevent the takedown. The student blocks this movement with their own foot and provides additional leverage from the overhooked side. This unbalances takes the opponent down. Continious blocking of the foot helps prevent the thrown opponent from recovering properly by pulling guard, and the student is free to go straight to side control or a knee pin.


Looking at stopping the leg from the stand-up range, we covered the inception of a kick with a kick. Here the student anticipates a round kick and kicks straight to the opponent’s thigh. The same principle is then applied to the opponent shifting forwards and the kick given to the front leg of the opponent. The practical side of the lesson finished with a few round of MMA sparring.


As it was Halloween we discussed the nature of fear. We discussed the primitive fears of those who believed the dead walked the night on this special day. This then moved onto the fears we face today, which excites exactly the same chemical reaction in us all. Today, our fears might be roused by something just as irrational like an exam. It’s easy to tell people to face fear, but hard to battle what is essentially the survival system that evolved in order for us to live. Obviously the better we can rationalize and understand it the easier it is to control it. So, I leave you with an acronym that we use regularly on self-protection seminars, F.E.A.R. – False Evidence Appears Real.



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