1. Is sidestepping an attack a valuable option in a self-defense situation? How is sidestepping accomplished? Which foot should you step with first, and why? What is your immediate action after you have sidestepped the attack?
2. When you have sidestepped the attack, try changing the angle 90 degrees. Or position yourself so that you face your escape route. It is not necessary to continue facing your opponent after you have completed your evasive move.
3. Timing your step properly is critical. If you initiate your step too soon, the opponent can alter the attack line and still strike you. If you initiate your step too late, he may close the distance and reach out to strike or grab you.
4. When sidestepping an attack, is it a good idea to maintain a high 52 Blocks guard? What are the drawbacks of doing so? If you lower your guard, you risk exposing vulnerable targets. But if you keep your hands high, you give your opponent the opportunity to grab your forearms or wrists.