Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Kenpo Karate: Pay Attention, Even to Trifles

This means to pay attention to every detail of your opponent. Take in their size and their movements because you may find something that will aid in your victory.

It is easy to see from a person's walk what kind of mind they have. Do they have confidence? Are they self-conscious? These are things that can be perceived with enough training and people watching.

Also pay attention to the way they fight. Do they attack first? What do they lead off with? Are they switching up their attacks? Do they favor a hand or a foot? Pay close attention to every detail of your opponent to answer these questions.

It may seem like these questions are pointless, but through experience and training, you begin to notice certain things about how a person fights. You can see what techniques they prefer and also how they like to attack.

That's really all there is to it. Pay attention to every detail of your opponent's movement. In time, you will be able to discern what is what. Also remember that an experienced martial artist will use tricks to confuse their opponent. They will monitor their actions and movements and devise tactics to throw you off balance. Become aware of this and learn to adapt to any situation.

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