Taekwondo Doh-san: Step 23 Horizontal Shuto or Knife Hand Deflecting Oncoming Punch and Striking to the Neck
Large motions require you to move large amounts of weight; this reduces speed and reaction time.
To increase speed, one idea is that you need to alter the path of the oncoming strike with the closest part of your body you can bring into contact with the weapon. In this case, the contact points are all legitimate blocks allowing you to deal with the punch whilst stacking up and preparing to deliver power into the opponent. Such contact points help the beginner understand how to apply similar basic techniques against other situations -- providing a 'one size fits all (or many)' solution.
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