In the section of "blocking" Hidetaka Nishiyama gives a great list of principles that should be followed when blocking (not dogmatically though)
- Make every effort to turn the opponents`s strength to your own advantage.
- Be sure to maintain your own balance and posture in blocking.
- The blocking hand should not be over-engaged in the block but should be preparing for the next technique.
- While blocking and afterward be sure your posture or position does not offer your opponent an opening.
- While blocking you should have in mind the counterattack you will follow up with.
If you read my post on martial principles and how they relate to our forms you will no doubt see how number four in the list above is very related to that posts mentioning of "evasion". There are a few more gems that I want to share from this book so stay tuned for more :-)
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