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In this case a counter overhand worked because the lead-off fighter did not connect with his jab. It could also be argued that he overcommitted and walked into the counter overhand right. A more conservative approach, hindsight being 20/20, would be to pump the jab while circling away from James Thunder’s power hand (his right), and not commit until the opponent made a mistake. Thunder (the counter fighter) slipped the jab well, and threw the right over the committed jab.
In my experience in fighting and sparring, the easiest thing to handle is a committed lead technique. In striking, “committed” can be defined as a technique thrown with the distance and penetration to not only connect, but to drive through the target. You usually see this behavior from those with little training, or much. In other words, am untrained, aggressive fighter, or a highly trained fighter who is confident he has little to fear.
In most cases, I’d hazard that that type of commitment is a mistake, which can cost you dearly, as in the example of the KO above, but it can also lead to a quick knockout delivered by the committed lead-off fighter, as we’ve all seen many times.
My advice is to not be lulled into the idea that you can take anyone out with your first technique. A scientific fighter, one who uses high-percentage techniques, tactics, and strategies, will usually employ a true lead to:
- Gauge the reaction time and habits of one’s opponent,
- Close safely, cover the distance with a barrage of fire while moving close enough to make contact – that prevents a committed counter and puts the opponent back on his heels and unable to transfer his weight to attack or counter (rendering his nearly powerless) and
- Set up techniques based on the above.
A good example is the 1-2-3 tactic. It’s a lead jab (1), usually eliciting a step back or a parry by the counterfighter, then a straight right (2), which if the opponent moves straight back will set up the range perfectly, and, whether the opponent covers up or rolls the rear hand straight, his inside line will be occupied, and the outside open for the hook (3).
Have any other good examples? They are there is all styles, from boxing to Taekwondo, grappling, to fencing, to the battlefield.
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