The best defense is not to get cut, and speed helps eliminate that possibility. Linear attacks, blocks, and deflections also promote momentum, and it is known to be more powerful and expedient to move in a straight line. Why beat around the bush when you can go directly in for the point or kill in a fraction of the time and energy? Visuals and good peripheral vision allow you to watch the assailant’s every move and be prepared for any instance. This would also eliminate any blind spots that could put you into difficulty. The better you can assess your surroundings, the quicker you’d be able to “nip it in
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