When something large is thrown toward us, it is instinctive to bring the hands up in front of our body or face for protection. This is why fakes work so well. However, many times a better response is to slip or sidestep the object. With training, we may learn to use avoidance as a first response rather than to block with the arms.
To be a great fighter, you must fight instinctively. These fighting instincts come from lots of experience in fighting and from repetitive training. When you train over and over to respond in certain way, when the need arises, you will respond instinctively. Homerun hitters do not think about hitting a fastball, there is no time to think. They just relax, concentrate, and react instinctively to the pitch. Great fighters react the same way. They put themselves into the "zone" and then instinctively block and attack as required.
Learn your instincts and learn how to control them. Learn to suppress instincts that are harmful and learn how to exploit those that are beneficial.
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