Is there a way to practice yourself for defending non-telegraphed punches or kicks? Protecting yourself from non-telegraphed strikes is difficult because there is less time to see and react. However, is there a way to defend yourself from such attack?
Yes! The trick is to actually make the non telegraphed attack into a telegraphed one. How? You practice maintaining a one-step distance.
This is the distance at which your attacker must make a single step before striking you (with kick or punch). This way however good they are at not telegraphing they have no choice: The telegraph is now a single step forward. The moment they step you prepare to defend or make a pre-emptive strike (if no other option is possible).
The way you practice this is to start at the correct distance. To find this distance you and your training partner outstretch your fists. Touch fists and then step back.
Then one of you will play the role of the attacker. you will advance, retreat sidestep and circle and try to close the distance.
The other plays the role of defender. you will watch the attackers movements and try to maintain the starting distance.
Any time the attacker feels he can do so launch a single random attack (or combination for advanced students). The defender must either block, dodge or counter with moves from the style they are most familiar with.
After this to make the self defence nature of the drill obvious the defender should retreat.