The myth of the straight line
The straight line myth
When preparing for any type of fight, a person must practice in the closest conditions to what he will really have to face. It's better to lose thousands of times in practice then once in reality. It's better to lose thousands of times in practice than once in the real thing.
Most people practice always in a straight line; the attacker squares off with his partner and attacks, while the defender is ready for the specific prearranged and agreed upon attack. Practicing always in a straight line with no surprise is just rehearsing what you already know. It's purely theoretical.
In nine out of ten cases a surprise attack will come at you from the back or side. And unless there's a heated conversation before, not in a straight line. So why always practice in a straight line?
There's a world of difference between executing a technique when being attacked by surprise from the side or back, and being attacked from front in a straight line. In nature, and military, an ambush is always from the sides or back.
Consider this situation: you're sitting in a coffee shop, or in a bus minding your own business, and you get attacked out of nowhere. Would you be able to use your techniques then? Probably not. Because most people are used to practicing in the gym in a straight line. Exactly the opposite from what happens in reality.
Add scenarios to your training routine. Make it a point to train outside the gym sometimes. And most important of all, train under pressure.
Don't be afraid to question your techniques and put them to a test.
This is the only way to prepare for a fight.
Train Smart, Stay safe
ICCS head instructor.