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Chameleon Kumite

Whenever I had the opportunity to spar, I would always try to use my partner's technique. If he liked to punch, I would punch. If he liked to kick, I would do the same. Some fight close, some far. I would copy them. I would grapple a grappler and go sticky with a sticky hand person.

Of course, I would often lose or at best tie with people who were very good at their techniques. But in the process, I would become better at their techniques, while keeping my favorite method in reserve. I think of this as chameleon kumite.

Sometimes you can learn more by not winning. And sometimes when you win, you are giving away your technique.

Respectfully,

Charles C. Goodin