So, in training yesterday we did an exercise where it was 1 defender vs 3 attackers. The attackers carried pads and they would slowly close in on the defender, only stopping when they received a solid hit to their pad. It was the defender's job to deliver a solid hit to each pad before the attackers reached them. This seems like a very simple exercise and it is in theory, but actually doing it is a very daunting process. Not only do you have 3 people closing on you at the same time, but you have to make sure you hit with enough accuracy and power to stop them in one hit, and make sure you use techniques appropriate for the distance. For someone who is relatively new to the Martial Arts (I've only been practising for around a year) I found it tough to maintain my composure in this situation. My body stiffened up and I found myself throwing out any technique I could in a frantic manner, with very little accuracy. There was even one point where I aimed a front kick at an attacker and ended up kicking below the pad giving them a dead leg. I'm not going to lie, it was pretty eye-opening to see how easily I crumbled in such circumstances and all my technique and training went out the window. What worries me is that this was a scenario where the attackers were simply walking towards me with pads, like zombies. They weren't using any techniques on me, or trying to block or dodge my attacks, and I still struggled to land decent hits on them. This was a very humbling experience and shows just how much I still have to learn and how much more experience I would need before I could use what I've learned in a real fight.