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DODGING AND ITS
ADVANTAGES OVER PARRYING
Dodging consists in
avoiding attacks by shifting the whole or part of the body with or without
footwork and with or without changing the guard.
Jumping Dodge. The jumping dodge, which like all our techniques must be practiced on both sides, is an extremely versatile self-protective technique essentially applicable to all standing attacks. It is used when an opponent rushes toward you for any kind of reaching or striking attack. A right-side jumping dodge is performed as follows. From guard 2, withdraw the right foot and raise the tip of the stick held in your right hand until it is level with your opponent's eyes (Figs. 42, 43). With the right arm almost completely extended, shift your weight onto the right (rear) foot and lift the left knee so that it is well bent with the thigh almost parallel to the floor. While keeping the right arm extended and the left knee high, jump back and around (counterclockwise) toward the rear left to a position at right angles to the direction of the attack. The left knee swings out and around like a flywheel to help in this change of direction (Figs. 44, 45). Now set the left foot behind the right and, without stopping the momentum you have gathered, slide back two steps.
Dropping Dodge. This dodge allows you to get behind an opponent. It is particularly useful against striking attacks and I will here describe its use in a specific example. Naturally, it can be used in other cases. Remember, you are in guard 2. If an opponent swings at you with his left, move your head back, away from the attack, lifting both hands so that the stick deflects it from below. Then thrust the stick, right hand foremost, to complete the deflection of the attack (Fig. 46). This is a symmetrical double-grip parry, similar to parry 3. Now jump lithely on the right foot and land near the outside of the opponent's left foot. Drop low, bending your right knee, almost touching the ground, and momentarily support yourself with the right tip of the stick (Fig. 47). Step through, placing your left foot past this tip, then, pivoting to the right, gather momentum and deliver a slash, leading with the right hand, to your opponent's lower ribs or knee (Figs. 48, 49). In order to train meaningfully in this dodge, your partner must really mean his attack and carry through his momentum. Good timing is always important and in this technique it is particularly so. Without it your technique will be sloppy. Smooth motions will help both partners practice meaningfully and will develop their sense of timing.
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