36. With regards to defending against kicks, there are some instances in which one can support the body on the back leg, lift the front leg up and twist the body to evade. At this time, the hands are held up, the backs of the fists facing out wards, as if in the side block posture. Lifting the leg and twisting the body cover our vital areas are covered so even if the kick gets through, we do not have to worry about it. Then, using the power gained from twisting the torso and setting the foot back down, we counter. One possible counter-attack would be to use the fists to simultaneously strike into the opponent’s chest and face.
COLLECTION OF SAYINGS BY MOTOBU CHOKI By Nakata Mizuhiko, Overseen by Marukawa, 1978 Translation © 2001 by Joe Swift