During a private session with my student Rafal he brought up the subject of learning how to not get hit. If you train martial arts then you know that you will be hit eventually.
Where the skill of not getting hit really matters in in self-defense. Especially for Kali as we are a weapons art and getting hit with weapons is a different result than an empty-hand.
Watch this quick video on my process to developing your "Un-Hittable Skills" then scroll down a little for more...
It's great to say things such as...
"Control the range."
"Be miles away"
"Just shoot the guy"
however, there may come a time when you have to grit it out and engage face to face, hand to hand or even weapon to weapon.
Now, the title is not "How to Never Get Hit Ever", it's "How To NEVER Get Hit In Martial Arts" that's very different. In the video I discussed the reverse-engineering process. This is the most productive way to learning and developing this skill. If you've never been hit just know it's due to 1 of 2 reasons ,either...
A. Your time is coming
B. You've been playing it safe in your training for too long.
This doesn't mean you have to get hit with full power or get knocked out. Not at all. It's smart to go through the de-sensitizing process. Start out light and and a slower pace and gradually pick up the volume notch at a time. If you don't know what it feels like and learn what the body and mind go through then, you will never understand why you don't want to get hit other than thinking of some theories why.
Theories are great for the mysteries of the world but, fighting and self-defense are not mysteries. Science, Experimentation and Experience are the key factors here.
Often I get students asking me why it's so hard to hit my hand in training. Well, let's take a look at why.
My hands have been hit thousands if not tens of thousands of times before plus, I've had hundreds (trying to be realistic with the numbers here) of individuals swinging at my hands currently now for over 17 years. That's a lot!
This has given me a lot of time to understand why I would get hit vs. why I wouldn't get hit. I learned that getting hit wasn't because of my opponent but rather because of what I either did or did not do. All I did and continue to do to solve these problems is reverse engineer it. I'll create drills that will replicate what happened in sparring. there I can go through a step-by-step analysis and process to learn the proper range, timing and mechanics needed to not repeat the same old result.
Again, this is nothing more than science, experimentation and experience topped with awareness and honesty of my skills.
Try this method. The next time you get hit create a laboratory and get to work.
All the best in training! Keep it safe & keep it fun!
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