Thursday, April 27, 2006

Overhand Right Counter to Kick

This is an example of a bad opening move leading to a pretty good counter.
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1. Squared off

2. Sam's slides up with the rear foot, telegraphing the kick from the front leg

3. At the chamber of the technique, my counter right hand is on the way - I attempt to stop-hit the circular technique with a straight one. Notice the kick's chamber doesn't obstruct my path to counter because the weapon isn't aimed at me

4. Before the leg reaches full chamber, I am in the way, jamming it

5. This illustrates the vulnerability of kicking - if you're caught on one foot, you have little in the way of defense

Analysis: The problem is the opening move was telegraphed. Sam had been very successful kicking that day, but this shows why a kick should be preceded, or disguised with some sort of covering fire, like a lead-off jab or backfist to bring the guard up, distract from the feet moving, and close the gap safely.

  • Don't slide up to open. Lead off with either a straight kicking technique such as a side kick, or choke up or draw the opponent into range before firing the kick. Better yet, lead with the hands to open up kicks, and visa versa.
  • Keep the rear-hand guard up when kicking because you're on one leg, and temporarily vulnerable if someone gets inside your kick.
  • Do the above while using a fake or feint to draw the counter, or to close up the guard. Either way, you create an opening safely.

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