5 Ways of Attack – Attack by Combination

The Attack by Combination is a sequence of strikes which aims at reaching the target wished by creating openings through multiple strikes in a row.

The Attack in Combination can take place in several phases of the combat: Striking feet/fists, Close combat, ground fighting(Ground and Pound). To achieve an effective combination, the various strikes that are launched must respect certain elements: direction, the distance, the angle of attack, power, rhythm and timing.

  • The Direction – the attack can be in a straight line (jab, direct, frontal kick…), curved line (hook, circular kick…), to the head, to the body, to the legs…
  • The Distance – the attack can be from short distance (Close combat, on the ground…) or from long distance (Striking distance). The distance can be modified during the combination…
  • The Angle of attack – the position of my body compared to the adversaire.
  • The Power – the blows launched during the combination are not always powerful. One can reduce the power of the strikes which are used to create openings and to keep our power shots intended to touch the target…
  • The Rhythm – the combination can have a regular rhythm (1, 2.3) or irregular (1, pause, 2.3)…
  • The Timing – the combination must be sent to the good moment, one must study the adversary and develop a strategy to act at the good moment…

One can mix all these elements to build combinations which will be used to put an end to the combat.

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Logic implies that one must mix rectilinear strikings (online right) with curved strikings (on the sides) by adjusting the levels (the height of strikings). The majority of the combinations throw in the phase (feet/fists) start with a jab. The jab is a long and fast weapon. It can be used for creating openings, camouflaging next strikings, taking a position, reducing the distance, etc the direct one is slower but it causes more damage. One can thus choose it to put at the medium or a combination. The hooks and the uppercuts are powerful strikings of short distances. One must thus approach to launch them. The kicks are more often used to finish the combinations.

The attack in combination is not always easy to succeed for the simple reason which the adversary can counter. One wants to lead our opponent to protect a party from the body and to continue the combination on the parts which are not protected.

example: One can start with a jab with the head, the adversary assembles the guard to be protected and is left with discovered for direct with the body. One can thus continue the combination with a front hook with the head to send the adversary towards our strong side and to finish with a circular kick postpones with the head.

One should not reveal our game.

Our eyes and our body language can harm the good performance of our combinations OR help us to make our combinations more effective. By looking at the targets before striking, one indicates to the adversary the place of the next attack. One can efficiently use our eyes during our combinations.

example: I send direct, I fix my attention on his leg before and I launch a circular kick before to the head.

tj-head-kick

The way in which the body is placed can also be to use. One must pay a special attention to our position (all the body) when our combinations are launched. Is this my positon reveals my next action? Can I adopt a position which can mislead the adversary vis-a-vis my next action? …