For training, i don’t hate combinations. In fact i think they are a good way to train – they help to show how certain moves link together and how certain moves don’t. You’ll also get a deeper insight into how an opponent may react to you in certain situations.
The thing i don’t like is when people try to use pre-learned combinations when fighting. It’s literally a death wish.
“It’s important for students to know that reaction is key to fighting”
Fighting is about action and response, whether you are the aggressor of the defender you have to keep the focus on reacting and responding to your opponent.
The moment somebody decides to use a ‘combo’ they have been training their focus changes. It changes from their opponent and their situation to what moves are in the ‘combo’. As soon as this happens your opponent (if they capitalise) get a free chance – dangerous!
Pre-learned combinations are often predictable (they are certainly predictable if you use them regularly), and so are pretty much letting your opponent know what you are planning on doing – again, dangerous!
“If someone hits up a combo, i’ll win then thank them.. Once the wake up..”
If (actually when) somebody standing opposite me starts going with a pre-learned combination i will do one of two things: take my opportunity and cut right through it, or commit it to memory so that next time i can i can take that opportunity.
Natural, flowing combinations that arise due to the circumstances are, of course, excellent and can help to win a fight. This type of combination is different from a pre-meditated attack. During a combination of this sort, a fighter is always observing what is going on and addapting and changing – if the combination has to change or stop it will!
This is why it is important to intergrate actual free fighting into your own (or a student’s) training, regardless of age. Being able to go through the motions will build up strength, speed and stamina – it will even help reactions to some extent. But the experience and ability to adapt, react and apply can only come from a level of spontaneity being included in training.
“It’s the difference between performances and fighting”
It’s obviously best to introduce yourself (or students) into these situations gradually as being in a fighting situation is likely just to overwhelm anybody who is not accustomed to it, but that can be a good thing once in a while too. This is something i will ALWAYS include in any training program i develop.
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