Bridget Chung wrote:
Also when getting hit, I tend to "brace" my tummy muscles (Stomach crunch sensation). Involves weird breathing out while holding breath at same time, but is better than getting winded IMO.
I think bracing is a natural response to getting hit but I have 2 serious issues with it.
1) You are holding your breath which is a very bad thing when you hit the mat as from being thrown.
2) You are introducing muscular tension, ie - resisting when you should try and blend with the attack.
Moving your hips to re-position the target of the strike is also pretty dumb because that means that the opponent is controlling your centre as opposed to you controlling theirs.
As you can see, I am somewhat at a loss here, clearly, the answer to the getting hit issue is to not be there but sometimes you will get hit, no matter how good you are, how do you cope with a strike then?