“Your Tegana, Your Shield” by Gregor Erdmann

“Following on from my earlier article, when receiving a hard attack we can be overcome by instinct and fear causing us to move in a non-ideal way. One common symptom of losing one’s centre is to ‘reach’ out to meet the attack with our defending arm. Taking a yokomen attack as an example, often our arm will be at the wrong angle to provide an adequately large contract area, exposing ribs, and even possibly channelling the blow there.

While it is clearly wrong from a technical point of view, that does little to help us correct this mistake until it becomes a part of our martial arts philosophy.”

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