Quick Inside Attack

Often on this blog I advocate attacking your opponent from the outside, because this is one of my specialties. I am a shorter man, 5′ 7″ (if you ask what I told to my wife, who is 6′ tall, lol… I’m actually 5′ 6″!) and in my prime I weighed less than 150 lbs. It gave me a great advantage to have good footwork and good timing to be able to maneuver myself outside my opponent’s defenses. However, today I am going to tell you about one of the strategies I use, which is attacking to the inside.

I learned this strategy while I was very young but was not very successful with it then. As I got older I became more gutsy and much stronger and far more agressive, and finally learned how to use this technique. Here it is:

The “Quick Inside Attack” is best used from an “open” position–when you and your opponent have opposite feet in front. A good set up is to strive for the opponent’s outside position for attack. This will force him to try and beat you to a better position, especially if you strike him a few times from the outside. Once your opponent has respect for your strategy, he will be ready for the quick inside attack.

To execute this, you will take one step (or fake one step) in the direction of the opponent’s outside. This will make him (1) move towards his outside or (2) step further towards the inside with the back foot, which changes the strategic angle you would have had. (A third option for him would be the retreating step, but you will stop the attack if he does that)  Once the opponent has taken the bait, you will take an inside angled step towards the opponent’s 1 or 2 o’clock position with your back leg and attack him from that angle.

This takes guts to do because it puts you on the opponent’s centerline, which makes it easy for him to hit you. Your timing must be perfect and there is a good chance that you may be hit in the process–especially if you have underestimated the speed difference between you and him. However, there are several advantages to this technique:

  1. you will be attacking from an angle he does not expect
  2. if you are closer to his 2 or 3 o’clock position when you attack, you will be able to force him off-balance if you attack with good power
  3. many of his vital areas are exposed, and you can leave him in pain, even if you do not take him out right away
  4. you have good access to his face and groin. if this is a streetfight, he will not be able to recover quickly enough to damaging blows to the groin and/or face if you do it cleanly an unanswered
  5. it is confusing for opponents to attack the inside if he has gotten accustomed to defending from the outside
  6. it is quick and won’t give him time to adjust
  7. often you will be too close for his rear leg or rear hand to be able to inflict any damage

If you are a point karate fighter, this technique may not be a good idea because all your opponent needs to do is touch you and he will get the point. But for full-contact fighting, it is ideal and is one of those “sacrificial” techniques where you take a hit to give a better one. As I stated in #7, he will not have the room or time to generate enough power to hurt you if your timing is good.

The Quick Inside Attack takes guts to use because it gives your opponent a good shot at you. But if you take your licks in the effort to learn it, you will have a great weapon that few opponents will have an answer for. Timing and good “chess” skills will be needed to draw your opponent into playing your game (trying to defend the outside) so that the inside will be vulnerable.

So, try it! You will find that as you develop this skill, you will have many targets to attack and the opponent who has been led to your trap will have difficulty in stopping you–let alone land a good intercepting counter attack. And as always, if you have questions, please post a comment and I will try my best to elaborate for you in better detail.

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Author: thekuntawman

full time martial arts teacher, full time martial arts philosopher, and full time martial arts critic

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