Problems with backpedaling
- Your opponent can move forward faster than you can move backward, so keep your guard up.
- Sometimes you may not be able to move backward because of ring ropes or boundaries, walls, cars, etc. When in a ring, move backward in an arc to stay away from the ropes. Even if you are proficient at backpedaling, you must have backup tactics in case you are unable to backpedal.
- Psychologically, it is difficult to counterattack when backpedaling since, when you move backward, your mind naturally goes into defense mode, especially when the opponent is rushing toward you. This may be overcome through training.
- Physically, it is difficult to counterattack since it is difficult to throw solid punches or kicks while moving backward. This may be overcome through training.
When working the heavy bag, give it a hard push to start a large swinging movement. Stand to the side of the bag and when it reaches the peak of a swing, step in front of it and backpedal and attack the bag as it swings toward you.
When sparring in class, experiment with counterattacking while backpedalling. Once you get proficient, opponents will become reluctant to rush in with attacks.
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