Here's the Real Scenario
In real life, if someone were to catch you off guard -- attack with your hands in your pockets -- you probably wouldn't leave them there -- unless you are Jet Li who has his hand in his pocket during lots of fight scenes.
Note: I apologize for not knowing why Jet Li fights this way. Is it his "style"? Does he have a hand deformity that he is trying to hide? Is he holding up his pants? Protecting his "kid generating" organs? Has he read my articles and is trying to work his weaker side?
Face it; the instant you perceive an attack, you'd try to protect yourself. As mentioned in the last article, you'd try to get your hands out and into the fray as soon as possible.
Go back to the first exercise discussed in this issue -- defending yourself with your hands stuck in your pockets the entire time. If you practice that way, you will develop a skill for not relying only on your hands. This doesn't mean you have to eliminate your hands in a fight.
"Use 'em, if ya' got 'em."
-- Keith Pascal
So, have your partner attack, and make it your goal to have your hands in the mix right after your first response without the hands. Your opponent strikes. Yu deflect, or dodge, or stop kick. Then before your opponent can try to counter to your response, you have your hands out and participating in the fight.
When you decide to get the hands into play as quickly as possible, you are making the exercise more practical -- more realistic.
Make sure to practice both ways.
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