So now you realize that you can add a switch kick to any combination you throw on that angle, and that if the combination ended with a right hand, you will have more power.
You should also realize that when you drill this enough, it will become a habit to add kicks to your punches, and then subsequently, punches to your kicks. That means that you can just tie them together in a brilliantly crafted stream of kicks and punches… potentially able to unlesh absurd amounts of power.
When you see it happen right in front of your eyes on a heavy bag, you will begin to feel ridiculously confident in your fighting abilities.
Now here’s the truth of the matter…
There’s any number of ways that a fight can go, and to be ever more abstract in my writing, there’s a number of ways that any aspect t of a fight can go. Let’s look at an attempt to “Close Distance” alone:
Example 1. You might close distance and pull off a great hook to the body. You see on the guys face that it hurt, and now you’re right back in front of him. The fight continues with a couple of changes: he’s no longer as confident, and he will probably be afraid of another hook to the body. That fear could create some tendencies for you to exploit.
Example 2. You start closing distance and he punches you right in the face… a good one… right to the nose. Your eyes well up and you feel the rush of adrenalin as this situation has now gotten very “real”.
Example 3. You go to close distance and your opponent backs away. He starts circling to your left and lunges to hit you. You “duck and run” and face him again ready to throw a front kick.
You might try to close distance three different times in a fight, and each time end up with a different scenario from our list above.
The Fight Continues… (the vast majority of times)
When you have a fight strategy, you have to work to move the fight in that direction; to make the fight go the way you want it to. The other guy has a different plan in mind… trust me.
If you want to close distance (continuing with our example) it’s not going to happen just because you know how to execute the movements. You have to be persistent. You might have to fake left and go right. You might have to back the guy into a corner.
The first time that you actually use this stuff is going to be a part of the learning process. If it doesn’t work the first time and you get socked in the face, just remember… that’s only one outcome, one time, and you need to be persistent. Next time you’re going to slip faster, get inside sooner, and crack him with a good punch.
One thing that my trainees have told me over the years, when they’ve actually gotten into fights, is that they couldn’t believe how little getting punched actually hurts (sometimes).
Even in the event that you get hit, you might be surprised by how little you even feel it… or maybe you just realize that the dude punches like a little girl.
Even getting punched in the face is going to teach you something. You might even learn that you have a rock solid jaw.
I was in a one-on-one fight with a guy back in college, and in the middle of the fight I got jumped by about 15 of the guy’s fraternity brothers. I guess you could say that I “lost”.
Before I got pounded on, he and I were having a GREAT one-on-one fight… by GREAT I mean that I was winning :-). It also bears mentioning that he was a lot smaller than me.
A week weeks after the fight, I ran into the guy at a bar. We immediately hugged it out and had a beer. From that point on, we would give each other a very hearty smile-and-nod as we passed each other on campus.
That little bastard had my RESPECT.
Even though I was beating him up and his boys jumped me, I respected him a ton just for fighting…
I wrote this bit for a couple reasons:
1. I wanted you to be prepared for any outcome, at any point of executing your strategy, and to be prepared to continue moving forward with your strategy no matter what. If the first attempt worked, GREAT… change it up a little and do it again. If the first attempt failed, CRAP… change it a little and do it again.
2. I wanted you to realize that you have nothing to lose. If getting punched can teach you something, and losing a fight can earn you the respect of a bigger person, then there’s nothing to be afraid of. The worst case scenario can be powerfully positive… so next time you’re faced with a bigger person “combat situation”, if you previously would have been nervous or scared, just say FUCK IT. Win or lose, you’ll have a cool story.
The next tactic ties into what I was just saying… kinda.
Currently we have three portions of the stand up fighting program addressed:
- Keeping Distance
- Closing Distance
- Doing Damage