This principle in Balintawak Eskrima compliments that of compensation. When both combatants are on the offensive, a Balintawak Eskrimador would more often than not pull back his weapon to defend first rather than engage in a blow to blow exchange.
The principle here for Balintawak Eskrima is defense paramount to an offense. When you and your opponent simultaneously attack each other, it is proper that you draw back your weapon to defend first before you counter.
Do not risk being hit in the middle of a simultaneous exchange of attacks. It is logical to counter from a strong defense than to attack from a weak defensive position. Remember also that the part you are protecting is open when you attack.
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