Thursday, February 9, 2017

How to improve JKD 5 ways of attack

If you are a JKD practitioner wondering how you can improve the Jeet Kune Do five ways of attack then this guide will teach you. Take note that this is for self defense purposes. It is not done purely for the sake of an art. Here are several training tips to help you understand how to improve the ways of attack in Jeet Kune Do.

* Single direct attack - When confronted with a potential attacker in your face, a single direct attack will end the fight quickly. For more, read my post "how to end street fights FAST! " ( In order to use this type of attack, you must understand how to set it up. In ancient times, Samurai trained to end a violent confrontation in one swift stroke. The first attack meant the difference between life and death (see link below for reference.) This video of Iajutsu demonstrates this in application. This same concept is applied in hand-to-hand combat. Karate has adopted this mindset in Ikken hissatsu "to annihilate at one blow." Of course you won't kill your opponent, but you will at most cause a knock out. As a JKD practitioner, you should like a samurai have the peace of mind and concentrate on the decisive moment of the fight. Forget about everything else. Through reading your opponent's body language, having excellent intuition, accuracy, timing, speed, commitment to attack, power, structure, evasion or deflection, judgement of distance, understanding the line of attack, and more then your intercepting attacks will improve. When your opponent telegraphs his or her attack be it a clinched fist or raised arm, that's when you strike at an unpredictable angle. Be sure that you don't telegraph your attacks or your first attack might fail. Your target should be the temples, under the chin, the jaw, neck, the nose area, or back of head.

Practice sparring with these ideas in mind with a partner. A training method i recommend is having your partner wear a punching mitt and a boxing glove. Practice evading or deflecting the punches as you punch the mitt at the same time.You could also practice this in all out sparring.

 * Attack by combination - The idea of attack by combination is to overwhelm your opponent with a series of strikes until you create an opening. Ideally, you should strike high and low at different angles. One strike is bound to hit your opponent's unguarded area when done right. Change the rhythm and pace of your attacks to throw your opponent off guard. If you attack fast and hard then suddenly stop, your opponent will be confused thus leaving an exposed area to attack.

Practice sparring with a partner using padwork. It might help if you train with a target bag to train attacking at different angles and help improve accuracy. Go at different paces from slow to fast.

* Hand Immobilization attack - Essentially the Wing Chun concept of trapping an opponent except it's not limited to grabbing only the arms. You could grab your opponent's hair, head, shirt, or jacket. You could stomp kick your opponent on the foot and trap it as you attack. You could also use the environment to immobilize your opponent. If for example you are fighting in close quarters, you could use the wall as leverage to trap the leg and prevent your opponent from kicking. The attack by hand immobilization is a means of forcefully creating an opening in your opponent's defenses.

Practice with a sparring partner. When the opportunity presents itself, take it as you go with the flow.

* Progressive Indirect Attack - This is accomplished when you perform a fake strike to gauge a reaction from your opponent before you quickly change the direction of your attack. In order for this to be effective, you need to understand how to use body language to your advantage. Otherwise, you won't be able to trick your opponent effectively. Make your opponent believe you are committing to a strike to a certain area with your eyes, hand and leg movement, facial expressions, etc. Practice sparring with a partner or in the mirror. This video explains in further detail.

* Attack by Drawing - This is done when you lure your opponent in a trap. This can be done by leaving an area of your body exposed briefly before you deflect or evade the attack and counter-attack. Attack by drawing can also be accomplished through other means. You could verbally or non-verbally anger your opponent and if he/she charges in, you intercept his/her attacks quickly. You could also pretend to be exhausted as you briefly lower your guard and if your opponent falls for it, you intercept your opponent quickly. There's many ways you can draw your opponent to attack with proper awareness of yourself and your surroundings.

Figure out how you can trick your opponent into committing to an attack. For example, i can use my long hair as an advantage to get my opponent thinking that's my weakness. As soon as my opponent tries to grab it, i intercept him/her. If my opponent successfully grabs my hair, i trap the hand as i land a devastating strike at the same time or break his/her arm.

It's important to understand how to blend all of these ways of attacks together and know when each one is applicable. If i am executing attack by combination against a Wing Chun or Krav Maga practitioner and he or she bursts in to nullify my striking range, i still have an opportunity to attack. Why? Through attack by drawing. My opponent has went from my striking range into my grappling and trapping range. I can trap the arms, headbutt, bite, and takedown. I could also do a hip toss and stomp kick to the head. Remember to flow naturally from attack to attack.    

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