Saturday, 13 November 2010

Level 2 Defence - Re-direction

Level 2 defence steps up from blocking in that when one re-directs an attack one still makes contact and puts oneself in the firing line but not this time by stopping the attack, instead one uses the opponents force against him.  re-direction comes from a point of greater confidence and means that one has begun to turn the tables on ones opponent. re-direction involves anticipation of the attack and having a plan ready on how to deal with it when it comes.

Level 2 defence takes us firmly into the realm of proactivity and suggests a higher level of skill or expertise over ones opponent. deflections, parries, inside and out generally with some footwork to remove one from the line of attack. It is a very satisfying level of defence as it often means the battle is almost over, the tipping point has almost been reached.

In life re-direction means being more prepared than ones opponent or quicker mentally using their words against them, anticipating what they are about to say, leading them into a direction which although close to the one they were after, they soon realise is actually dangerous for them.

In verbal combat, re-direction can mean having an answer quickly or knowing the answer you will give before they launch at you. You might twist their words or lure them into your attack or you might misdirect them completely to change their mindset. for instance you might make an 'off the wall' statement to break their rhythm. For instance when someone comes storming into you you could ask 'do you like cheese?' "what?" 'what's your favourite cheese?' It means you are not putting yourself in front of their attack but are moving obliquely out of it. Their attack misses its mark and often they have nothing in reserve. Another way you can use a level 2 defence is when you have a meeting with someone who may be difficult. To retain control over the situation you have the meeting in their office, so you can leave when you want to. You might stay standing to have greater height over them and therefore be more imposing. You might fold your arms and lean against a wall or furniture and as they put their point simply don't react, but maintain an air of aloofness, refusing to be drawn into their battle.

Another tactic is if they are in your office or home is to listen carefully nodding and as they put their point keep nodding and making noises as if you are listening and walk with them (they have to follow you as they have to make their point) to ward your office door as you are both out of the office you might say 'you've raised some very interesting points there and I'll certainly think about them and get back to you' then turn and either go back into your office or look at your watch and make an excuse like you have to be somewhere.

the hardest people to be aggressive with are the ones who will not rise to your aggression. In combat, when fighting a skilled opponent you throw shots to bring his counter attack and thereby expose his vulnerable areas. But if he won't be drawn or won't react he won't create any openings. Or you hit him with your best shot and he barely shrugs at it. Its difficult to maintain an attack against someone who doesn't seem to care about or fear your attack.

So if you know there is going to be a confrontation prepare your tactics in advance, respond rather than react and use their momentum to work in your favour.

Tomorrow we look at level 1 defence which is completely proactive and great fun once you get the idea on how to use it. thanks for reading today and I look forward to speaking again tomorrow.

Best wishes

Tony Higo
Chief Instructor
National Martial Arts College
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