"but I did notice tunnel vision (totally unaware of anything but my opponent's hands) and "tunnel thinking" (reverse punch.) Earlier I heard a spectator say about a brown belt that she had "one technique repeated." Okay, it's good to have a nice collection of strategies with which to respond to an opponent, but the "chemical cocktail" can wipe out just about everything one ever learned -- so much for strategy. If JUST ONE decent technique survives the fog, then so much the better. I found the winner of the green belt sparring to be particularly good leading with a jab, following up with a slightly arcing reverse punch over his opponent's defence. Over and over it was applied with effect."
And with this I will go into my questioning role given to me by Sensei Canna:
1) Are studying combinations a waste of time, as in learning to do punch-punch-kick or front/round/side kick in order, or are we wasting our time making sure we can throw two hooks, an uppercut and a jab following a side kick? My question is that I've been criticized for not throwing combinations in sparring (I prefer to wait and counter, look for holes, etc)--yes I know I'm still at the student level of tournaments (1st/2nd gup or kyu ring), been in three competitions and got trophies in each one without the combinations. Yet, the five or so REAL fights I've been in I really don't remember winning any of them by throwing combinations. I don't think I threw any combinations at all. Personally, I've never seen anyone throw more than a two-strike combination in a real fight. As MacYoung points out, no one has the total view on fighting even those that do it all the time.
So I ask for another view.
2) Why are so many instructors not talking about tunnel vision, or even tunnel hearing? Whenever I suggest that when the day comes that I have students I may do full contact with motocycle helmets or football helmets on the first thing somebody says is "But your students won't be able to use their peripheal vision really well", to which I say "But you can't really see that well on the sides when someone is fighting you anyway". Would the helmets be that much of a detraction---I'm thinking more along the lines of someone's skull not being fractured if they are really nailed.
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