I have this habit drilled in from the years I've spent Filipino style dueling, of getting the hell out of range after a strike. The 'out' is absolutely built into the entry ... otherwise there is no time. I think I may have mentioned how training in a 15ft by 15ft living room which contained 2 couches, a TV, a work table, and walls slung with weapons, meant that there were really only a few 'safe' places to be in the space, i.e. out of range, and those were dynamic concepts more than actual places, as standing still for any length of time might bring you back into range if your opponent moved.
I have plenty of video footage of me, my teacher, or anyone else I was working with, walking round the floor. It's very funny speeded up - walk round, walk, walk ... ENGAGE ... break apart, walk, circle circle, walk ... ENGAGE .... break, stand, walk, circle, walk ... ENGAGE ... for hours.
Anyway, I was at my foil fencing class this week and my teacher tried to get me to hold position once I had the hit, not retreat out of range straight away ..... Wow ... Not easy to undo so many years of conditioning ... and thinking about it, did I really want to?
So we talked about it, and of course I asked why in hell would you want to stay put? I have no idea how many times I have been tagged or impaled in my (supposed) moment of glory playing Eskrima ... If I can reach them ... they can probably reach me, right?
Well ... of course, this is not Eskrima, this is foil fencing, a sport, so a good hit is all that counts, no need to back away, the ref has called a point.
BUT, there are other factors too. Fencing limits movement to a narrow field, which means you are moving pretty much straight back and forward, and as most will know ... moving straight back, i.e. on the line, is rather treacherous. Someone going forwards will always beat someone going backwards ... so, if you miss, or if your hit was weak, it becomes less of a smart option as they might close on you so fast you cannot react in time.
Also, it's often safer to be behind the tip of a weapon that is designed for piercing only, as the tip is the most dangerous part which is obviously not so for edged weapons.
So maybe there is some logic to this, and maybe it needs exploring further?
Perhaps, instead of seeing it as counter to conditioning I do not want to throw out, perhaps it's just another skill set, particular to the weapon shape and appropriate for fighting in a narrow space where moving off line is not an option?
I think it will be pretty easy to integrate if it turns out it's a good idea - If I keep getting nailed by doing what I've been doing, that will be all the motivation I need to change it to something that works better. I think my body is smart enough to connect the appropriate reaction to the appropriate context .. we will see .....