Not quite, Fred… you may not have been to too many of the classes where I did that drill.
These are the drills:
1. You against the wall.
2. The attacker is at a 6ft distance [fairly safe] like in a social context…party etc.
3. Then he moves in for whatever reason with an unexpected attack, kick, punch, etc. [maybe you were looking at his wife’s ass a bit to longingly]
4. You must block and counter by standing your ground, moving in, or getting off the X …meaning sideways, then in diagonally to spin him and slam him into the wall then finish him. Using the wall as an improvised weapon is your first priority.
1. You against the wall
2. You read the opponent’s ‘situational’ intent as he moves towards you [the most important skill]
3. Just as he breaks the safe zone [6 foot distance…reaction time] you move in to pre-empt as above, attacking the ‘mechanism, the platform of the attack’ instead of waiting to react to his attack, whatever it might be.
4. At the Shinkookai dojo I have the attacks include hidden weapons or hands moving in ways to flag a reach for a weapon…where the defender must short stop any movement whatsoever of the potential assailant along a continuum.
5. Next I move the defender from the wall to the center of the dojo and continue the drill with options …so any movement is now free in all directions, especially when using wauke principles to engage, rotate and redirect, finding yourself behind the opponent, with specific techniques I teach to disable, KO…and use the stunned opponent as a “circling or shoving shield” to suit the end strategy of the encounter.
These are the best drills that should flow from our basic prearranged ones _ IMO_ which are dependent on stepping back, straight or diagonally, for the most part [our training wheels]…not that they are no good.
The strategy is to always ‘work it’ to find an escape ‘hole’ so you don’t stick around much in the kill zone, unless you really have to.
The ‘kill zone’ is populated by the physical enemy_ the adverse witnesses_ the criminal charges specter_ and the ‘financial meltdown’ ogre. [Civil actions]
You need to work on ‘action’ which is more congruent with our katas and validated defensive concepts.