When follow-though is used, it is difficult to fire the same attack again or to fire a combination attack. You may continue the follow-through into a spinning attack, but if the opponent closed range for a counterattack, then spinning attack will not be effective and may expose you to even more counterattacks.
Instead of using follow-through, focus every attack to reach full extension and full power at a specific point in space. The attacking hand or foot stops at that point and quickly retracts to the guard. For no-contact sparring, that point is 1-inch short of the target. For light-contact sparring, that point is on the surface of the target. For full-contact sparring or self-defense, that point is 1-inch behind the target.
When the hand or foot quickly retracts to guard, it, or a different hand or foot, may be quickly fired again. You are only exposed for the split second it takes to extend and retract the arm or leg. Train for achieving quick, powerful, focused attacks that may be fired in succession or in combinations.
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