To avoid the full power of your opponent’s attack, avoid the head-on collision of force by evading, deflecting, blending, or redirecting. Unlike other systems of martial arts training where you pivot in toward the opponent, this principle is just the opposite. As in all small-circle moves, always pivot away from the opponent when blending, redirecting, or evading. Try to evade the opponent’s striking force by stepping back. Move 45 to 90 degrees to the left or right, or move laterally left or right.
Jay, Wally. small-circle jujitsu. United States: Ohara Publication, Inc, 2007.