Using Sport Karate to Improve Streetfighting, Pt V

Fighting by Interception

Often, fighters on the circuit want to prove who is the quickest. In some cases, the fighter knows he is quicker than his opponent and wants to end his match quickly by using his speed to rack up points without the opponent being able to do anything about it. Either way, the fighter will not bother with blocking or evading, but fight by interception.

This technique does not emphasize speed, but timing and position. I think I have written enough about timing on this blog, so to spare you the headache of reading (again) the same old thing over and over, I will discuss position in this article.

Let’s take the skip roundhouse kick attack. My opponent and I both have our left foot in front, and the opponent attacks with his left skip roundhouse kick. Most fighters would lean back or step/slide back and block. Some, more confident, fighters would stand his ground and block the kick right where he is standing. But a fighter using this strategy would use the attack as an opportunity to launch an attack of his own. Not a straight line attack (see my series on footwork and the “secrets” of fighting superiority), but an angled one just slightly off the opponent’s centerline… a little towards my own left. In this position, you can attack with hands while the opponent’s leg is still off the ground. By doing this–instead of blocking or moving and then countering–you cut out the middleman and go right for the juglar.

This is more a mentality, than a technique. The fighter who attacks when attacked will never be a victim. Rather, he is a sleeping lion:  one whom you don’t want to wake up. The fighter that blocks an attack is showing his respect for the opponent’s power and attack, while the one who doesn’t bother defending shows that he has NO respect for the opponent’s ability to damage. When facing this type of fighter most opponents will lose confidence and become less aggressive, as he must look out for a strike or kick each time he attacks. You will find that your accuracy increases since you are no longer chasing your opponent; he is delivering the targets right to you.

I know this is a simple, short post, but I am offering a great piece of advice. Try it the next time you spar!

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