Hello, this is The Greeneyedninja of www.freewebs.com/greeneyedstealth
Being a practitioner of Ninjutsu, I see something missing in many martial arts practitioners(not their Arts, just in them themselves) that I would have likely never noticed if I didn't practice Ninjutsu, where this is fundamental.
The ancient art of Dodging.
Of course, there is always some dodging, but it seems a little... stiff. Simply moving backwards, the most common, if not only dodge I usually see, is only slightly effective. It has two fatal weaknesses.
1.Since it is easier to run forwards than backwards, you can easily be overtaken if your opponent attacks multiple times without pausing.
2. You are still directly in front of your opponent, in their line of fire. To counter attack you will have to push towards them just like they pushed towards you. They will probably dodge, just like you did, by moving backwards, setting off an endless loop of wasted energy.
There are much better ways to dodge your opponent.
Here are a few:
1. The simplest change is to step diagonally backwards, not straight backwards. This simple change will force your opponent to change direction instead of just running in a straight line to keep up with you. While they are turning to try to face you again, they are wide open for a counterattack.
2. The sidestep. The key here is to just move one foot behind the other. This is a ridiculously simple yet effective, especially against jumping attacks such as a tackle or a flying side kick.
3. Duck. This even works against most punches. But remember, it's faster and less predictable when you duck by bending your legs, not by bending you waist. After you've done that, just spring up like a jack-in-the-box and counter-attack.
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