We will now deal with what will turn the techniques that you have trained and refined into mighty weapons. Speed and power in hitting are the most basic qualities when a few blows can make up in itself a whole fight. Obviously, this represent a most minimal version of combat and, although it could well happen, we should not hold the belief that a couple of blows will always resolve a fight. Other factors will help us to focus fighting from a wider angle, like balance in movement, a.k.a. “dynamic balance”, have been repeatedly mentioned throughout this book for being a decisive factor, for one should not expect much from his technical development if he cannot keep his balance. The same holds true for the good form or the body feel, which has already been considered. The attributes that we will analyze after speed and power will be visual awareness, anticipation, coordination and stamina.
At a first glance, some of them, such as stamina, may seem to relate to the physical aspect while others appear to be purely mental, like anticipation. In spite of it, stamina will need mental strength when physical force diminish, and anticipation must be backed by a relaxed attitude for movements to come out effortlessly. So, to a greater or lesser extent, all of them include a physical and a mental component, which is what makes up “psychophysical qualities”.
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