Stay In The Moment, Where Is The Intent In Drills?
Today’s blog is a follow on from the last two blogs, with a continuation of that same theme.
Using the same principle I discussed in the last blog regarding the intent of the punch in Lap Sau exercise, the same should be said for the punch in Pak Sau drills.
Constant repetition without focus, or more importantly, the lack of ability to ‘Stay in the moment’ can cause major flaws.
And not even flaws that you would be aware of, mainly due to the fact that both sides and both people in the drill will be not only experiencing but contributing to this terrible mistake.
What is this mistake?
Not thinking forward with the first punch, expecting this to be block so as to initialize a follow-up (or whatever sequences had been arranged prior to starting).
When the bottom line is this:
The only reason for any follow-ups in the first place is simply because your initial attack was just not good enough.
So do I focus more on the first and forget the follow-up?
You stay in the moment.
If you are thinking more about the second technique and the overall outcome of the situation (providing all goes to plan), you are not prepared from the start and therefore, in any real situation, most likely training yourself to be vulnerable to attack or you will probably telegraph your intentions before they happen.
So in short:
Whenever you are training ANY drill, take each step one at a time, no matter how fast this may be, it is still one move at a time,
and STAY IN THE MOMENT!
If you cannot even do this in a drill, how can you ever expect to be able to do this in Chi Sau or in a fight.
And THAT my friends is the differemce between them and us.