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Old 03-11-2013, 08:29 AM   #7
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Re: How to Receive Another's Power?

Easiest way to absorb/redirect hard kicks in this circumstance is to do the relaxed rooting as you describe, then time your breathing with the incoming kick - as he/she makes impact with the kick exhale and have your intent (as mental force management of the combined gravity/ground powers) aimed at a tangent line away from you both so that the striker feels like they've been given a good platform to attack, but you haven't had your posture harmfully rocked and the force gets offset in a direction that works for you both. If you have any body cohesiveness conditioned - the incoming power should mostly go through your body into your feet, bounce off the ground and out the direction you've aimed your intent/redirection of their power from your frame.
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