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In this Fight class we worked on using footwork to control the distance for both offense, defense, and counter attacking.
We started the technical part of class by practicing retreat steps to avoid any type of attack such as punches and kicks.
Next we worked on using advance steps to set-up our own attacks on a retreating opponent trying to remember to hit the person where they’re going to be, not where they currently are.
Next we worked on using retreat steps to lure in our opponent to set-up our own counter attacks. The counter to the counter. We get our opponent to over step on their advance steps so we can hold our ground or add our own advance step to land our counter attack.
We finished by learning how to take no more than two retreat steps back and then circling away from our opponent’s strong side to avoid getting hit by a combination attack or pinned up against an obstacle such as a wall or corner.
The beginning of this video shows three examples of these fighting tactics being used in live sparring:
1. In the first example, Ed is in the white shirt on the left and I’m in the black shirt on the right.
Ed throws a jab with an advance step. I take a retreat step at the same time to get out of range and keep my gloves high for extra safety. Ed catches on to my retreat step habit to set-up his next attack.
When he throws his second attack he starts with the advance step jab but not with the intention of landing it. He wants me to retreat step back again so I will be in range for his left round kick to land. But instead of retreating I hold my ground and block both his punch and kick.
Now I’m in position to throw my counter attack. As I set my foot down from blocking his kick, I land my own jab to his head. I try to land my cross but Ed moves his head down and back to avoid it. Knowing this, I take an advance step with my right foot and land a left round kick to his head. I choose this kick based off the way he was moving away from my cross. I’m throwing the kick to where I think his head will be, not where it was when I started the kick.
Ed throws a right cross to my body after the kick lands but I cover my body with my arms to defend it.
2. The second example is with me on the left and JJ on the right.
Earlier in the sparring round he has thrown right front kicks and round kicks but I have used retreat steps to get out of range to avoid these kicks.
Now he is picking up his back leg to make me think he ‘s going to throw the kick. But I don’t bite on the fakes and choose not to move. When he takes an advance step with the front kick then picks up his back leg, I know this kick will actually be thrown because he thinks I’m going to retreat step back based off of my patterns earlier in the round.
I do the opposite and take an advance step in to jam up his kick and land a left straight punch to his head at the same time.
3. The third example is Monica on the left and myself on the right.
This is early in our sparring round and I haven’t quite picked up on Monica’s timing or patterns yet. She throws a fake jab, front kick, fake jab combination. Since I can’t read her combination or timing very well, I take two retreat steps to avoid all her techniques.
But I also realize the mirrors are directly behind me. So after the two retreat steps, I circle to my right which is Monica’s weak side. This avoids not only the mirrors but most of any potential power strikes that she might have decided to throw as I was circling out.
After I circle out, I step back into range to reset my position and continue sparring.
Thank you to all my students who attended this Fight class! I forgot to turn on the cameras and didn’t record the first round of sparring. I’m sorry about that! Please let me know if you want any feedback on the rest of your sparring rounds.