This months’ featured article from Kung Fu Magazine dives into detail about one of the primary goals of martial arts training: how to avoid getting hit. 


As martial artists, our foremost goal in study is to become proficient at self defense and to be as ready as we can be if we encounter a situation where we’ll need to defend ourselves. Although getting hit in a fight can be inevitable, it’s always best to avoid your attacker’s strike whenever possible as it can greatly increase your odds of survival.


This article discusses the two critical parts of avoiding a strike: blocking and dodging. Just like your instructor says when practicing one-step in class, your first move is always to get off the tracks. For your best chance at defending against an incoming strike, you should get off the tracks and block.


Here is when the four basic blocks you learned as a white belt will come into play. The more you practice those four basic blocks, the more naturally you’ll be able to use them in a real-life self defense situation. Your outside block, inside block, high block, and low block can all be adapted for various different self-defense situations, which is why we have a self-defense application from each section of every form we study. Practicing those blocks and self-defense applications should be a regular part of your training, and if you practice the movements with intent and power behind them, you’ll grow stronger and more capable of defending yourself. 


Another thing the article delves into is adding a boxing-style cover to your self-defense arsenal. To execute this, raise your elbow up and place your hand behind your neck. This will shield the side of your head. For those of you who are in BBC this quarter, we have an upward elbow in Section 1 of our form which is a similar movement, so you can practice this motion two ways: as a block, and as a strike. Put force and direction behind both, and you’ll have added a great additional skill to your self-defense toolkit. 


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