An interesting video on the Top 5 Boxing Mistakes; which probably apply to most martial arts (fighting aspect) too!
1) Use your whole body
2) Use your eyes
3) Training too fast
4) Don’t force the fight: feel the fight
5) Focus on the jab
While the last one is boxing specific, it could easily be amended to “focus on the core techniques”. I feel we'd all agree on that.
Number 3 was one that resonated with me. Those who have been to the seminars will know that I often say, “One of karate’s great strengths is that is has one speed; which is 100mph. One of karate’s great weaknesses is that is has one speed; which is 100mph.” I’m forever encouraging people to slow down in order to get the right mechanics and flow. Another “catchphrase” I use – taken from one of my teachers – is “Sometimes all speed gives you is the ability to make more mistakes in a shorter period of time”. I like the way this video pretty much says the same thing.
Failing to use the entire body in a coordinated way is also a common error, as it trying to force techniques when there is no opportunity for them as opposed to seeking the path of least resistance.
Anyone got any thoughts or other fighting errors they like to share?
(I’d like this thread to follow the video and specifically focus on fighting skills / common errors as opposed to self-protection skills / common errors).
All the best,