Besides applying the mechanical elements described above, strikers use particular strategies to help ensure their strikes are effective.
AMONG THESE STRATEGIES ARE:
- Combinations: Strikers may combine techniques in a series to ensure one or more strikes impact their opponents.
- These attacks are thrown at various targets on the body, with the greatest force typically thrown with a particular technique in the sequence.
- Level of attack:
- The height of the attack is often varied, such as a jab to the head followed by a kick to the ribs.
- By varying the level of attack, strikers open the guard of their opponent.
- Timing and Rhythm: Experienced strikers learn through repetition and muscle memory when (not just how) to launch particular strikes, based on the circumstances they are facing.
- Fights and fighters may have ebbs and flow in momentum and action that become predictable.
- Disrupting this flow may give the striker an advantage.
- Direct line: “Telegraphing” refers to moving the striking body part prior to actually launching the blow.
- Telegraphing signals the intent to the opponent and increases the likelihood the strike will not be effective.
- In general, the striking weapon should move first, with the body driving behind it.
- This requires proper distancing and footwork.
- Deception: Strikers use feints or distractions to disguise the timing or direction of their attacks.
- Stomping the foot, noise, frequent hand movement, head movement, switching the guard position, etc. are common feints.
- Using feints, then attacking at multiple levels and with various techniques may help deceive the opponent, defeating their guard.
- The dominant angle of attack: Achieving a positional advantage relative to your opponent.
UFC CHAMPION ANDERSON SILVA WROTE:
“The ultimate goal in fighting is to utilize footwork to acquire a dominant angle of attack.”
” He defines this as “…a position from which you can strike your opponent, and your opponent is out of position to hit you with a strike…you want your hips facing your opponent and your opponent’s hips facing away from yours.”