This week when I was teaching on Tuesday I overheard Steve say something that got me thinking. As you all know we have recently been drilling in the basics, all with a view of getting into the striking zone and then getting back out again before a counter can come in.
But this way of fighting when drilling it in does seem to induce the practice of almost taking turns to attack and defend. By this I mean one side attacks and then gets out of the zone and then your partner jumps in with their attack and then jumps back out before you can counter; which lead to Steve questioning some of you why you were not just keeping the combo going instead of taking turns.
However, although it did become a bit “your go, my go”, I think the simple act of being able to just get into trading range and back out again is the absolute core skill that we should all have. When you have that mastered, you can then play with your arsenal a bit more. If you are quite happy getting in nice and close and attacking, you can definitely always have your go and overwhelm them. But always bear in mind that you can get caught out doing that, you can get tired quicker if you can’t pace yourself and it very much fully depends on the skills of your opponents.
Instead of keeping the idea that it should always be your turn as the only strategy, I believe that the more important idea is being in control of your opponent at any stage of the fight. What I mean by this is that even if you are not currently “taken your turn” attacking your opponent, you are still fully aware of your surroundings, your distance, what your opponent is capable of and thinking about your next moves. Think about how Floyd Mayweather fights. He is not necessarily always on the attack all the time but he is very definitely always in control of his opponent. At the core of his fight plan? Being about to get in for a raid and back out safely. And we all know how well he seems to have done at this fighting lark…
So, personally I think that we should always work hard getting this in and out with good form and movement nailed down. Then you can use this skill to augment your preferred fighting style to control your opponent more effectively which I believe to be the aim of any fight.
Bushin Adaptive Streetfighting
Mixed Martial Arts London