Yeah, that's kind of what I was trying to ramble about, and is my approach both to weapons and empty hand. If I'm boxing someone, I rarely try to block a punch, I'd rather move to evade and counter attack as this movement occurs. Trying to block stuff just has you playing catch-up when it comes to blade or empty hand.
Imagine that someone swings a sword at you who is very fast. If you block his blade, he will instantly be re-directing and pressing a second attack, in which case you need to block that one too. This could go on forever until he finally cuts you. But if you were to simply evade the initial attack, and counter with a cut to his arms or body if possible, you may have immediately disabled your opponent, heading off his secondary attack or interrupting his combo.
Ditto for empty hand. If my opponent throws a straight right, and I block it, I'd better be ready for that second punch from his left. But if instead, I can angle off his shoulder as he throws the cross, and catch him in the jaw with a hook, or to the body with a bolo punch, I am much better off, as not only have I headed off damage to myself, but I have also hurt my opponent in the process.
Always go for your opponent rather than his weapons. If you can knock him out or cut him in a vital location, then you've probably won the fight. If you can damage his hands or less vital locations, you will slow him down and gain a psychological edge. If you just whack his weapon, all that you are doing is maybe saving yourself for the moment, but he absolutely will be attacking you again, most likely immediately after the block. If he's faster than you, you will eventually fall behind when blocking weapon to weapon. It's a losing game eventually.
Wasn't this thread started by a fellow brazilian?!
Originally Posted by The Wanderer Ev
He didn't mean me, he was reffering to the law suit industry in the USA.
Originally Posted by PoiDog