Question 092: Ways to improve
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Think about Taekwondo. Research has shown that a person who thinks through the motions of a skill, such as shooting a basketball free-throw, will perform the skill almost as well as one who physically practices the skill.
When training, use hand-foot combinations. When doing bag work or sparring, always use combinations, using both hands and feet. If you practice just throwing a single attack, then that is the way you will fight. We fight as we have trained to fight.
When moving, use angles. Practice moving in angles, not just forward or backward. When you always attack forward, it make it easy for opponents to anticipate you attack and react to it. When you move backward, you are running away from the fight, and it is difficult to stop and get back into the fight. If you move in angles, you are controlling the opponent’s movements, and your attacks cause then to make awkward responses.
When blocking, always use a simultaneous attack. Practice firing an attack along with, or just after, any block. When the opponent is attacking, he is thinking about attacking, not blocking.