This is the core of Balintawak. It doesn't matter how good you are if you don't survive the first strike! One of the things that makes Balintawak special is that we don't block, we defend then counter. We always counter. If all you are doing is defending then it's only a matter of time before someone breaks through your defenses so we take every opportunity to reverse the action and change the fight. If you don't perfect anything else, perfect this!