The third example presents an attempted kick defense as a reaction. The attack is a slightly deeper side kick to the thigh. Here, your own leg is raised, exposing only the shin as a hit area. This example only serves as a brief introduction to illustrate several problems. Actually, you would have to decide on the type of reaction. For simplicity, a few rather practical things shall be addressed.
This works quite well in training. In a friendly sparring, the movement works quite well too. This fact changes in real fights. There are always some “misfire“ reactions. The defense is executed despite the missing attack. Furthermore, the defense is carried out too late and a hit cannot be avoided. Additionally, you don’t have a chance against fast moving opponents using this defense.
The example shall not be discussed as random event reaction. The movement must be connected to an attribute using the construction as a reaction. An attribute is a piece of information that the opponent must deliver. The success of the reaction is given due to the training environment. Your partners will be rather generous with this trait. Even though this helps in training, opponents tend to avoid this in real situations. Hiding or delaying relevant traits places you in a dilemma. The reaction itself needs a certain time for execution. The later you know what to do, the sooner you reach the limit when traits arrive too late for being successfully used in a reaction. In that case, the reaction cannot be used systematically all the time. You may start your counter-movement, but the planned effect happens too late.
Furthermore, traits cannot be clearly assigned to pursuit movements all the time. In training, an early trait is assigned to the attack so there is still some time to react. The start of the opponent’s body twist shortly before his kick can be chosen as trait for the attack. But, this trait can occur with other movements. The movement looks like an indication for a kick, even though the opponent is set for a step. Those combinations can cause “misfire” reactions. The reaction is started, although it is false alarm.
The last problem consists of a ”misfire” reaction when the opponent moves a lot and you are forced to pursue. The pursuing movement forces you to take steps and change direction. So, even when the circumstances for the reaction are present, you find yourself in a posture which hinders or delays the start of the reaction. While the opponent can choose his attacks freely, the above reaction against a specific attack needs a rather strong stance. Only a free leg, carrying no weight, can be lifted. Seemingly trivial, but the movement of the reaction may not be available when these cases are not considered in training. Heads up! There are other possibilities, but this goes too far at this point. These cases ought to be integrated into training after an early stage. In training, you tend to practice rather “clean” movements. The concurrent elapsing (!) alternatives, which are hard / impossible to separate during short movement times are not considered. On the contrary, it is possible that the problem has already been unconsciously processed. You lose your stance while combining those movements, and “freeze” at your position for performing the leg raise as well as possible. You have reached an impasse with this movement. The movement is designed for a certain case, but a fight is more demanding.
The whole mixture of individual effects keeps you rather baffled. Our own view only sees the whole picture, but the individual parts, yet to be revised, cannot properly be separated. You think “Well, I have to practice more…”, although the training wasn’t enough to work out the problems. In training, you can find direct solutions for some of the problems. For the above kick defense, it can be enough to thoroughly integrate the difficulties of the steps into the training. Then, you have to deal with the stance problem. For the “misfire” and the late defense, you have to deal with the specialties of pattern recognition.