I suggest you read Lazy Front Hand first, if you haven’t already. This ‘Quickness Exercise’ really struck a cord with me, so I thought I would share it with you.
The tendency is to want to defend yourself the best way you know how, but this exercise introduces a touch of difficulty in order to help you work on you responsiveness. So the idea is therefore that you are not allowed to use the other hand to help you get there in time to ‘play safe’. It is not intended to be realistic but the principle is used in real fight situations.
Speed and power come from relaxation and that will be covered more in due course.
So what we do is to have one partner punching with one hand, followed shortly by the other. They are stepping in whilst doing this. It is ‘reset’ once it is has served its purpose and they can repeat leading with the other hand and so forth. They may lead with any hand to increase the difficulty.
The aim is to deal with the first hand, then attack with a strike and come back in time to deal with the other hand, ie. very fast. You could use with the first a jut sau or ‘jerk hand’. Vaguely speaking it draws the opponent a little towards you and a little down. The key isn’t an exaggerated/forced move, but if done well can be very effective even causing a whiplash effect. but the primary objective is to deflect the strike.
Anyway you are not hanging around, immediately you go to strike your exercise partner with a fak sau, which you can think of as a chop. We are applying the chop here straight to the front of the windpipe (rather than the side of the neck Austin Powers ‘Judo Chop!’). Your partner probably doesn’t like being repeatedly struck in the windpipe, so as a courtesy you can use a flat palm bellow the target.
Immediately you come back and deal with that following hand. You can do this with a jut again, or a pak sau which is a slapping-sticking block (in this case maybe pulling a little back without grabbing on hard), or various other techniques that may work for you.
What you find as you pick up your response, by trying to stay relaxed, is it not so unachievable after all. You can get there in time, if you focus you mind. You may find that you need to do a little step to the side. This is perfectly OK. Make it work, don’t contort your body as a result of bad positioning.
Great. Once you have the hang of it the technique can then be applied in various routines for inner and outer gate (whatever that means), and then in real sparring.