In this post, I discuss the concept behind the mantra: One! Not One, Two!

If you are not able to view the video, click here.

As I indicated in the video, the ideal timing, to the extent that you can do it, is “One, not One, Two!” In other words, the most optimal timing is the one count instead of two counts. This reduces the likelihood of an opponent countering your technique. The longer the time gap is between the first and second move, the more likely a counter will be forthcoming.

This issue of timing is a common mistake among beginners and is often the by-product of inexperience. Usually, this issue resolves itself through repetition, experience, and lots of practice. However, the instructor can help accelerate the student’s progress by emphasizing the timing issue and introduce helpful “timing” drills. There are technique drills which teach a sequence of moves and build muscle memory. Then there are “timing” drills which focuses on the time in between techniques or on the rhythm of the sequence of techniques or a combination of both.

Ideally, you should avoid a pause between the first move and the second move as that time gap will give the opponent a chance to slip in a counter. The technique should be executed with a one count as illustrated in the above video so as to reduce the chances of a counter. Thus, timing drills can help to address this issue for beginners and experienced players alike.

Over to you, do you practice timing drills? If so, can you describe them?

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