Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Karate For Fighting 3

He who controls the distance controls the fight.
Engage when you want to. Disengage when you don't want to. That's the secret to fighting successfully using your karate skills.

Part 3 - retreat and stop-strike
Bait the opponent in, then strike instead of retreating. This can stop an opponent in his tracks. Unlike a lunge or advance, you will likely use only a single strike. Combine with sudden lateral movement to get away unharmed.

Good techniques for a stop-strike:
Mae-geri kekomi (right front thrust kick)
Double punch

Be prepared for your stop-strike to fail to incapacitate your opponent. If this happens, fear not! Use clinching techniques such as palms, elbows, knees, and sweeps to help you facilitate your escape.

A double arm push or a frame; combined with lateral movement can make escape from a clinch easier.

If you are retreating, but running out of room; use lateral movement to maintain the distance.
If your opponent is cutting you off, reverse your lateral movement to gain space.
Be aware of your surroundings. Don't get caught in a corner. Use walls and obstacles to your advantage.

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