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How to dodge punches mini-guide
A free mini-guide about how to dodge punches, kicks (and all the other striking techniques)
When we talk about facing the adversary's action, the first thing to understand is that:
At each level of preparation corresponds a different type of dodges we can access to
Not always dodging is the best solution and not always it is possible (this means that we must be prepared to do many other things)
If we face an opponent who is more or less equal to us, it is almost impossible not to be hit at least sometimes
A good dodging capability is 9% about technique, 1% about natural reflexes and 90% about constant training
Training to learn to dodge make sense only in the context of a serious martial path; the beginner / not practitioner alternative is the covering (it is 10 times better to get hit in a controlled way than thinking to be able to dodge and get hit in full on vulnerable targets)
In the particular case of self-defense, the best techniques to avoid getting punched are prevention, negotiation and escape (read Personal defense: the S.A.F.E. method)
Note - This article has been asked by one of our Core Course practitioners on Patreon (see how to attend our home study classes here Learn Kung Fu online: a beginner-to-expert course).
Said this, we have created this mini-guide to share when, how and why we should dodge.
How to dodge
Theory, technique and preparation:
Dodge attacks - What it takes to avoid an attack and why
How to dodge a punch - The basics of dodging theory
3 effective tips to dodge any attack - 3 game-changing tips
Everything you can do to avoid a punch - One by one the most common methods
The right exercises
The most functional practices:
Shaolin training for reflexes - At the base of reflexes conditioning
4 exercises to become good at dodging punches - A selection of 4 practices to improve our dodging skills
Prepare the body to dodge punches ("U" motion) - How to acquire one of the basic movements
Dodges, balance, spatial intelligence and attack: one exercise - How to build the capability to dodge
Sparring type 3: body defensive automation - How to improve our capabilities in a safe but realistic context
Advanced exercises: the swivel hanging stick - How to manage the combat interactions in a fast reactive context
The pneumatic ball training - A terribly effective exercise to develop dodging capabilities
When we cannot dodge...
How to manage the inevitable situation of being hit:
How to breathe when I get punched - The right reaction to an attack that reached us
Pain conditioning for combat [MINI-GUIDE] - How to gradually strengthen our body
In-depth video courses
Basic 6 Dragons Kung Fu Exercises - The basic practices you need to build real martial skills
Advanced speed and reflexes training - A video course completely focused on combat speed development
Iron body: the development path - The full path to the highest level of impact conditioning
The best way to hit first: a little trick - How to precede our opponents
Simultaneous attack and defense: the concept of active reaction - Some good alternatives to dodging
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