The Single Direct Attack is an offensive action carried out from point A to the point B, contrary to a combine attack (Attack by combination, Progressive indirect attack…). The Single Direct Attack can be done in a straight line or in angle by using the principle of economy of motion and simplicity.
Body Angle VS Striking Angle
It is necessary to differentiate the angle of the body and the angle of the strikes.
- The angle of the body is your positioning compared to the adversary.
- The angle of the strikes is the trajectory of each blow.
Single Direct Attack in a straight forward motion
The Single Direct Attack is the easiest way to carry out an attack. The body is in a ready position (neutral angle) with a stable position. The angle of the body is neutral but the strikes can come from various angles (the jab and the cross in a straight line – the hooks on a curved line …). The blows are launched from the initial position without fancy footwork. To be effective, the timing and the distance will have to be perfect. The attack must “not be telegraphed” to add an element of surprise. The rhythm and the precision are elements to be controlled to perform the Single Direct Attack.
Single Direct Attack in an angle
Once the simple attack direct in a straight forward motion is learned, one can now change the angle of the body while attacking. The angle can be created in several ways:
- While advancing – When you attack while advancing, you decrease the distance between you and the adversary.
- While moving back – When you attack while moving back, you increase the distance between you and the adversary.
- With a step on the side – While moving on side, it is probable to see openings in the guard of our adversary.
- With a pivot – the pivot obliges our adversary to be readjusted. It enables us to attack in angle and to give us time to do it.
- By modifying the level (height) – With a light forward tilt and by folding the knees, the punches are launched starting from a different height. By modifying the level, it can also help us to avoid a counter-attack of the adversary.
Certain ways of creating the angle of attack can be combined. example: I can advance and modify my level at the same time…
Balance and positioning are the key behind the Single Direct Attack in angle. The distribution of the weight must be considered (the weight of the body in the center or on the side).
The ideal position is the one which offers you a better potential of attack compared to the potential of attack of the adversary. In other words, it is preferable to strike from a position where the adversary cannot strike you.