Students often ask me how can you see what the attacker is planning to do in a fight. How many punches is he about to throw? How aggressive will he be? And how can one prepare?
Here is an exercise by Mikhail Ryabko that I really like.
Two partners stand across from each other, at least 5 meters apart (15-20 feet)
Both approach and without stopping deliver one punch to each other
The punches can be to the chest, stomach, sides or arms (apply pushes only if it is to the face area)
Return to the original positions and come at each other now with two punches each
Next, approach and exchange 3 punches each, then 4, 5, etc. As many as you like, but make sure the punches are solid and precise without damage
It is important to keep moving, walk around each other if needed during punches, do not pause or stop
This exercise is an excellent preparation for fighting. It allows you to see how different are your partners' movements, choice of distance and mind-set when he is planning to deliver 1 punch as opposed to 2, 5, 10 or more. In this drill, you are the attacker as well as the recipient. You are able to observe how you move, how you choose the distance and analyze your own determination and thinking.
You can examine and test in action both sides of the confrontation, physically and psychologically. This develops awareness, the skill of simultaneously taking and delivering attacks, and builds strong spirit.
About the Author:
Born in Russia, Vladimir received intense training from the top Special Operations Units instructors and is the top student of Mikhail Ryabko. Vladimir's work spans across 10 years of extensive service with the Special Operations Unit. He also served as trainer for elite units, SWAT teams, and bodyguards. Vladimir moved to Canada, and in 1993 founded the first school of Russian Martial Art outside Russia - Systema Headquarters. He has since personally trained and certified well over 300 qualified Russian Martial Art instructors and schools worldwide, and has provided an Award-Winning instructional film collection.
Thanks again Vlad,
Systema Sydney Russian Martial Art