when transiting from the inside to the outside in Jujitsu.. (sorry, I don't know the japanese or aikido equivs but imagine blocking a a left overhead attack in a left foot stance..) we do a striking unbalance to the face with an open hand, not a punch, in order to turn the whole head away from you. This acheives both the distraction to transit to the outside, and also puts space between you and the persons right arm....
So the idea is not always to strike to damage...
which reminds me, a documentary on bruce lee is about to start!.. must scoot.
Last edited by Ian Williams : 07-20-2004 at 05:30 AM.