5 Ways of Attack – Attack by Drawing

Attack by Drawing: Way of attack popularized by Bruce Lee (Jeet Kune Do) which aims at pushing somebody to make an action. The five ways of attack were part of the last technical explanations of Bruce Lee, very little time before its death.

To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities. – Bruce Lee

The attack by drawing can be an attack or a counter-attack which is based on a trap fixed in advance. This kind of attack asks for a certain acting talent. You must convince the adversary that “there is no plan”. You must create situations of vulnerability by the use of pretences, provocations and traps by knowing in advance the reaction of the adversary. When the adversary falls into the trap, you attack. You must aim at the body automatic response. A particular action brings a given reaction. The reaction is then predictable. You must remain vigilant for the action which will follow the reaction of the opponent.

The attack by drawing is like fishing. Our actions and our positioning, is the bait. The reaction of the adversary is the fish biting. Our attack on the reaction of the adversary is the fisherman who succeeded.

The attack by drawing requires a good general knowledge of fighting. The rhythm and the timing must be developed to be able to act with effectiveness. You can draw a huge benefit on the damage with the attack by drawing because the energy of your attack is combined with the reaction of the adversary.
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At lot of athletes use the attack by drawing in combat sports. Garry Tonon and Jeff Glover use this kind of attack in grappling. Demetrious Johnson, Connor Mcgregor, Anderson Silva and Michael Page are good examples of athletes mastering in the art of provocation (in striking).

The best way to practice the attack by drawing is sparring with different partners. If you always do sparring with the same person, he will easily guess what you are planning. Even if beginners does not control the attack by drawing, they must stay alert not to fall into certain traps. The role of the trainer is to sensitize the athlete with these tricks with which he will be possibly confronted.

There is many ways to fool the adversary to launch an attack by drawing:

  • To open the guard (to leave an opening) – examples: To leave the hands with a wide space in the center to incite an attack in the center, To lower the guard to incite an attack to the head.
  • To leave a target – examples: To advance the front leg to incite an attack with the leg, To advance the hand forward so that the adversary can touch it.
  • To trap with the footwork (leg movement) – examples: To move back to force the opponent to advance and counter when he advances, To advance and move back at once so that the adversary is accustomed to a certain distance.
  • To make calculated mistakes – examples: To move back the awkward manner to increase your opponent confidence when moving forward , Drop our hands after the strikes to leave the head open and incite a counter-attack to the head.
  • Body language – examples: To change level (height) so that the adversary imitates the movement, To make believe be hurt so that the adversary attacks in the same place (acting).
  • Language of the eyes – examples: To look at the body, strikes with the head or to look in the eyes and strike to the body, To look at the feet and to launch a jab (the eyes have tendencies to follow the eyes of the others).

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Maximize the Damage of Low Kicks

In the world of Martial arts, a low kick it is not only a low kick, but also it is the tool which can change the outcome of the fight. When the blow is well thrown, we can make a lot of damage on the leg of our opponent and make him more on the defensive.

It is possible to throw the low kick with the lower part of the shin (near the ankle), to setup a combination, a distraction, but it is not the ideal to end a fight. When we throw the low kick to make damage, we want to give the strike with upper party of the shin (below the knee). To strike well the opponent on the thigh, several elements are to be taken into account:

  • The Positioning – Find the good distance from the opponent, the good angle of attack (position of feet), the good alignment of the body, the right position for attack and defense.
  • The Timing – Hit at the right time ex: when the person moves forward or in combination (see the article on the precision and the timing).
  • The Motion and the Trajectory – Include all the details which make a powerful kick (Turn shoulders, swing the arms, turn hips at the right time, throw the leg towards the target with a good trajectory). The trajectory depends on the target and on its position (inside of the thigh, outside of the thigh, my opponent in its low center of gravity …).
  • The Angle of the Kick – We want to hit in a way that the trajectory of the kick ends perpendicularly on the surface of the target.
  • The Surface of Impact – The more the surface of impact is small, the more the strength will be concentrated. (Stomp kick with the heel from Jon Jones).
  • The Power – The flow of energy necessary for the execution.

When the opponent moves forward to throw a jab, he puts his weight on his front leg, then he will have much more difficulty checking it, BANG – low kick. When the opponent backs up after my jab, BANG – low kick. A low kick with a good timing maybe very difficult to block. Variation can be a key element to be effective with low kicks. Even if a technique is effective, it is an error to throw it always in the same way. Adopt several techniques and include them in your combinations to get your own way and adopt also a multitude of manners to throw your techniques.

Low Kicks Classification

The movement of the opponent is going to dictate us the way the blow will be thrown and the location of the target (the place to hit on the thigh).

There is several way to throw a kick to the thigh of his opponent. Here is some techniques frequently used:

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The outside low kick

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The inside low kick

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The low kick on the rear leg

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The stomp low side kick

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The stomp or oblique kick

The practice is essential to develop low kicks. We have to repeat the movements on punching bags, shadow, sparring, to obtain most possible efficiency.