“Secrets” of the Filipino Fighting Arts
Words from a Modern-Day Warrior

How to Attack, Part II

Make the Opponent Chase You

The header of this article seems to contradict the title, doesn’t it?

Good. See, the smart fighter must do that, confuse the opponent. If you are too easy to read, you will be easy to defeat. We don’t want the opponent to believe that we will be easy to defeat (whether or not we really are inferior as fighters), because we don’t want to empower him. You would be surprised how much stronger a confident fighter will be, and how the same fighter will weaken if you can take away that confidence.

At the same time, you have an advantage in having an opponent think he is superior, when he isn’t.

More confusion.

You can take away the opponent’s confidence by hitting him harder and faster than he is hitting you. This will take away his aggression and put him on defense.

At the same time, if you can make him more aggressive, you can lure him into making fundamental mistakes–like underestimating you, or attacking so recklessly he neglects his own defensive protections.

Yes, more confusion…

You must confuse your opponent as often as possible. Allow him to gain momentum by baiting him into attacking you, then hit him with a powerful counter. Have him chase you, and then take advantage of his forward movement and make him run into a trap. Convince him that he is the inferior fighter by beating him to the punch, and then put him on the move. Force your opponent to move away from you, and then catch him while he is in motion. Start out fighting left foot forward, and then switch your feet once he settles into a rhythm. Attack more with your feet, and then close the distance and slide him a barrage of hand techniques and punches. Try to pull him into a grappling or clinching fight with you, and then when he attempts to put distance between you and get away, attack him with your feet and long range punching.

Bottom line… your opponent must never know what to expect. The moment he believes he has figured you out, you switch your tactics on him. Each time you switch tactics, range, rhythm, speed and timing, and power levels, he finds himself trapped and another notch is taken out of his energy and confidence level. By the time he realizes that he is being outsmarted (or not)–the fight should be over. Finish him.

This is one of those advanced-level things that is not easy to pull off, and takes a lot of wisdom and gaminess to execute. It is the favorite tactic of many old men that they use to defeat younger men. My good friend Billy Bryant used it to beat me many times. My grandfather used it to beat me right after I had placed high in international competition. Master (forgot the first name) Bae of Angeles City, Philippines (he was a Korean) used it to beat me when I was 19 and actively kickboxing… and he was easily in his 50s. I use this tactic now when I fight younger, more energetic men. But there is a catch:

You must understand many techniques, strategies and skills in order to use this method effectively, as using a style that is unfamiliar or inferior will still result in your failure. When you switch techniques, you must use techniques you are good at.

Younger men who are still in the process of developing their skill at certain strategies and tactics will find it difficult to “switch”, because the techniques are not ingrained well into them. Older men use it because we usually don’t have enough endurance to stick to one for very long (LOL!!), but also because we know how confusing it can be to have to change strategies in the midst of a fight. However, you can use this technique at any experience level. This is the fighting technique known by many as “Palit-Palit”, a classical Eskrima style that can be universally applied to any style of fighting.

Try it, perhaps with three techniques at a time, and do this for 3 months before switching to another 3 techniques. Good luck!

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