Okay we all have seen it and done it but does that make it smart? I am not a fan of turning your back and performing spinning techniques. Why? Because when you spin your back, neck, spine, kidney’s, etc. are very, very vulnerable. This is very dangerous in empty hand sparring and even more dangerous when dealing with someone who has a weapon. (think knife here) That is why I am not very fond of turning my back during any physical encounter.
Now does that mean you should absolutely not train with turning your back sometimes? No, because in the Martial Sciences there simply are no absolutes and you may be forced to turn your back and then you may need to have some idea how to defend yourself and transition from there. So you need a little bit of this in your personal training if not so that you know how to transition, defend but also to recognize when an opponent turns their back that it is a good time to fire and attack this weakness.
I never say never regarding any physical encounter because simply put, anything can happen. However I go out of my way to protect my centerline (center of your body running from the head to the groin) and that includes the front centerline and the back centerline. So in Instinctive Response Training maintaining control of your centerline is very important and protecting not only the front but also the back is essential. Hence why you will not see us turn our back and open up the spine very often.
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