What is the most important martial arts skill?
A form of movement in the martial art that is inherent in any action?
One of the drills that we practice in the dojo as a way to warm up and lead into some kihon practice.
Standing across from a training partner, they initiate with a punch. Standing in shizen, relaxed and in correct balance, as the strike comes in, you get out of the way moving off the angle of attack and getting your body out of the way using correct kamae and foot work.
No blocks, counters, locks, or takedowns.
Just get out of the way.
Training the body to move without thinking, before any “martial arts” technique, to get out of the way of danger, and put yourself in a safe space.
Get out of the way.