“don’t get hit”

I know this blog is a little dusty, but I’m going to make an effort to post slightly more regularly, and at least more often.

at any rate, I am in an online women in martial arts community and recently a member who studies Taekwondo (TKD) asked for advice how to deal with a sparring situation where your (higher-ranking) opponent is repeatedly throwing side kicks at you with only the advice of, “get out of the way.” I realized while typing my response, that it would make a decent post here. so I’m going to share it with you.

I’ll preface my response with this: in my dojo (and from what I’ve seen this is true at most dojo’s) higher-ranking students are meant to help the lower-ranks learn. granted not all higher-ranks are going to be good teachers, no one expects them to be as such. but they should at least try to be helpful. more so than just, “don’t get hit.” that helps no one.

so, if you find yourself in such a situation, here is my response:

I don’t study TKD, so definitely take this with a grain of salt.

There are many possible solutions, two that come to my mind are this:

1-I know that when dealing with horses (stay with me here, it’s gonna make sense, I promise) you always want to be close to their legs so that if they do kick, there is less momentum and you don’t get hurt as badly. If we were to apply that theory with the taijutsu practice of manipulating the opponent’s weak-line, the solution would be not to move away but rather just slightly out of the strike zone (slightly is key to avoid a redirected kick) and as the kick is avoided, move in, removing the element of kicking and forcing him to use another technique.

2-it seems that he is trying to point you in a particular direction training-wise, so in that situation I might ask for his advice, since he obviously seems to think he knows the answer.

I look forward to seeing what others have to say.
Good luck!

p.s. thanks to the girlfighter who posed the question!

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