Joe said his trigger for attacking men or kote is based on the momentum of the jigeiko and what he thinks the probability of their next attack is based on what they've done including in previous jigeiko, like tennis, someone always holds momentum. Thus, tactics should be modified based on that, especially in shiai where there are 3 judges who can see the momentum of the match. However, yesterday he tried to think more systematically about jigeiko and came up with a framework (like a menu) in approaching jigeiko:
1. Try to score the first ippon
2. Everyone has a regular timing for men cuts, try and find that
3. Then try and attack before/after/debana/kaeshi whatever based on # 2.
"Then you should have a sense of their regular timing, and you’d just have to try and break it, step forwards, tap their shinai whatever. Observe how it changes the timing, by the end of the jigeiko then put opponents into categories:
People like Junji obviously strikes your debana if you're too close, some people attack as soon as you try and force a timing change, some step back, some block, some (like Karen) stand still.
After this, try different shit using this change in their timing to fuck them up, also try and be conscious of your own regular timing"
The first point "try and score the first ippon" is to avoid thinking too much, after each jigeiko reset and just try again. He finds it most difficult when he's "caught out of time", he explained this as his timing being read. This may be due to the fact that his timing was too regular and hence being hit before he realised it. He expanded further by saying that everyone has a "cycle time" after each bout in jigeiko. For this bit, I'm just going to take it verbatim:
"This is the time it takes to come back into distance and think ok next attack, I've been hit many times when i think "ok i'm getting ready for nex..." This reminds me to shorten my "cycle" time and always concentrate. But of course I slack off after a while. Dipak has a very short cycle time, probably at the expense of thought and graceful movement, but it catches me off guard alot."
On that bombshell ... until next post!