Question 092: Ways to improve
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Do not worry about blocks so much. Practice stepping inside or outside of attacks and using counterattacks. If you are inside, the opponent’s attack will fail, but, even if it does not, you will be inside his weapons and throwing multiple attacks. It is okay to give up a point moving in if you can score two or more points in the process.
Attack. Practice continuous attacks. In point fighting, you cannot waste time feeling out the opponent. You do not score points by avoiding or blocking; you score points by attacking. In a real fight, you do not give the attacker time to think, you attack similar to a swarm of bees or pack of wolves.
When breaking, do not try to break. When practicing breaking do not try to break using extra effort. If you do, your technique will suffer and you may also suffer. For example, for a side kick break, set up the boards, do not take practice kicks (practice should have occurred in the previous weeks), and perform a perfect side kick just as you did hundreds of times during training. Do not think about the boards even being there—the boards will break.
When training, concentrate on relaxing. Tenseness slows action and reaction times, lessens quickness of techniques, reduces power, and drains energy. Think of yourself a marionette puppet hanging on strings, just dangling around waiting for someone to pull your strings.
Training is cumulative. Not all your daily training has to be done in one session. Six 10-minute sessions during the day has the same effect as one 60-minute session. Actually, it may be better since the body can repair itself between sessions.