One thing that really good martial practitioners do is move their feet. Meaning they move out-of-the-way of danger, they move in to a position of advantage when necessary, out of that position for defense, etc. Bottom line they move their feet! They do not stand in one spot. Not in training, not in a drill and certainly not when engaging in a violent conflict. Movement is essential for any martial practitioner in controlling the distance in a violent conflict. If you do not move you will not control the distance effectively and your opponent will probably determine the engagement. So when I am researching the various martial systems out there I routinely look for movement in their video clips. When I show up to train with someone at their place I am curious about guess what? Their movement and their footwork. That is really to me the most exciting thing that they do! The Martial Sciences when done right are all about movement. So when practicing move your feet. Do not stay in one spot, move, sweat and learn how to get in and get out. My students will understand that phrase well. In our drills 2 count, 3, 4, 6 and 10 count and beyond there is always a time and place for the practitioner to “get in or get out”. Meaning they can get out of the drill anytime they want or get in. In or out! Getting in or out requires that you move your feet and you are determining what? The distance in between you and your partner/attacker. I cannot stress just how important it is to move your feet in training and learn to control the distance. Really that is what separates a good practitioner from someone who is great. Movement and controlling the distance and you cannot control the distance and space if you do not move your feet!
See You On The Mats!
Brian R. VanCise
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