Monday, 12 April 2010

Countering, Drawing and Creating Openings

After watching the Anderson Silva VS Demian Maia fight, it clearly showed something. It showed that a fight which delivers a lot of action will be because most of the time one fighter is generally an attacking one and the other fighter is a defensive fighter, preferring to allow an attack to come to him before countering. Sometimes though, a defensive fighter will fight another defensive fighter which may show a completely different kind of fight.

The thing is if you are a defensive fighter and your opponent is a defensive fighter or simply does not attack, preferring for you to make the first move then there is a sort of stale mate. I period of time where the two of you move around the fighting area, maybe throwing a couple of jabs but simply waiting for the other man to make the first move.

Not only is this boring to see, especially for spectators who may be watching but it can also leave you thinking that you may be doing something wrong. This is where panicking comes into play and may force you to do something that your opponent can capitalise on.

The thing to do in this situation is to somehow make your opponent attack you or develop a clear opening where you can easily score with an attack of your own. The following may help.

Drawing – By drawing you make your opponent think he has a chance of attacking successfully, in which you then wait for him to make his move then retaliate. Common draws include, lowering your guard slightly so your opponent strikes high, extending your lead leg slightly in order for your opponent to kick at it and moving backwards in order for your opponent to move forwards towards you in which you quickly strike at him.

Create on opening – By creating an opening in your opponent’s defence you can then strike him or go for the takedown. Feints are good for this, as is sidestepping your opponent when he moves in towards you.

Fake high and shoot in low – The classic way to close the distance for the grappler. Fake an attack high towards your opponents face and then quickly shoot in low towards his legs, aiming to grab both or one leg at least. This is an old way of shooting in towards your opponent and still works when done correctly.

By learning and utilizing these and other ways of creating action in a stalemate fight not only will you give the crowd something entertaining but you will also keep your opponent guessing. You will make him think that you are not only a defensive fighter but one who can mix it up. Someone who can attack when forced to do so. By fighting in this way, you can become a very dangerous fighter.

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