“You’re gonna eat a punch!”
That Sensei — he’s one smart ninja! And he’s right – I have eaten a punch or two.
I have a terrible habit of stepping into a punch. Maybe I’m just excited to get to the block. Maybe I think my attacker needs help. I don’t know why I do it! Stepping in wouldn’t be such a bad thing if I was stepping in with an upward block or even a parry block. But unfortunately, I block with my face.
Yep, my face! I can’t tell you how many times someone’s told me I’m lucky they pulled their punch. And they’re right – I am!
Just for the record, I don’t recommend blocking with your face; there are much better ways to meet a punch. I suggest you use the conventional methods of blocking – with your hands and arms.
I don’t realize I’m leaning in, so when people point it out I’m usually surprised. I’m also surprised when, on occasion, I get popped in the face! Funny how leaning in and forgetting to block can lead to that, right?
I’m trying not to be so helpful to my attacker, and I’m working on blocking with my arms for a change. Or moving out of the way. Or waiting for the punch to come to me, instead of me rushing towards the attack. I didn’t say I’m being successful, only that I’m working on it.
In the meantime, if you need to increase your self-esteem and feel like a bad-ass, work with me – you’ll get a punch in every time. Maybe two…