Again, imagine the kind of opponent you will be facing…his size/momentum/…
'Contesting the opponent's power' is, sometimes, not a very smart way to fight…because no matter how tough you think you are at the moment, there is a good chance an opponent or multiples_ will be way tougher than you ever hope to be.
Our Hojo undo step off drills are good but they are not practiced enough to understand and program their use under attacks.
I really like the Enshin footwork, because it almost mirrors our moves in Uechi drills and kata… they are done in very simple patterns…easy to assimilate if we work them.
Working them is the key.
This is mostly what I concentrate on in my classes, along with power counters honed by heavy impact training.
Josann talks about 'system jumpers' …and, as we know, movements must be practiced tens of thousand of times before they will surface automatically…a system jumper simply cannot do this.
It also involves time to break out of bad habits.
So there is much to what Josann describes as 'jack of all trades and masters of none'
In a previous such discussion on my forum, our Raffi Derderian wrote the following
Now for the big question.
Where and when will you practice these new footwork methods? You really can't put them in kata. So do they go in the bunkai, Dan Kumite, sparring? It takes a long time to break in and train (and UNtrain) footwork.
How much effort will you put into it? Will you be willing to give up precious kata time in class to do this? Might need to bag Kanshiwa bunkai for a while.
Will you do it on a regular basis? If not, don't bother.
As I have said so many times before, cross training isn't just dabbling in this and that once in a while. The best footwork drills are done against spontaneous punches and kicks. If you really want to keep it honest, clasp your hands behind you back. Really makes you move those feet.