Aggression in shiai
I am not very aggressive while in shiai and my instructor says that I should be attacking all the time.
To demonstrate this, he gave us a "lesson" and all he did was strike and force us backwards. He only followed through on a few strikes and didn't seem to have a lot of zanshin
. He has done this before as well, just striking shōmen
over and over without actually attacking.
Is this the proper way to do shiai
? I know I should be more forward, but just attacking like this seems to be a waste of breath and energy.Answer:
I think he was just demonstrating how “aggressive” you could be.
I also tell my students to keep striking until
they get a valid cut. Aggressive sometimes mean “persistence”.
Many people stop striking even when they don’t get a valid cut, and to me there are openings. Of course, it happens to everyone including me.
I think your instructor wanted to tell you not to stop when you can still have an opportunity to strike.
Hope this helps.