Opher Donchin (opherdonchin) wrote:
If you can get them to respect your atemi without hitting them (or telling them they have to), then you've figured something out.
That's a damn good point! I experinced something similar last Saturday.
I went to visit a local dojo. Long story short, I ended up on the mat working shomenuchi vs kotegaeshi. Well, I'd do my shomen uchi, the other guy would intercept, atemi and move in for kotegaeshi. Thing is, I was meant to put my free hand to my face to defend against his atemi, but I kept forgetting to do so. Not on purpose mind you.
The guy started getting fairly pissed, so decided to stop and point out my mistake.
"Look, what do you do if I did this?"
Punches properly at me, stopping just short.
I automatically intercept parry and returned a punch. Which was cool, cause I did it without thinking. The point is, if you don't feel threatend (sub-conciously or otherwise)
you won't respond. I don't think that threat necessairly needs to be "actual", either.