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How to do a jump back kick

Thursday, July 26, 2018

How to do a jump back kick

How to do a Jump Side Kick

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

How to do a Jump Side Kick

Jump side kick with the Gannon boys.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Jump side kick with the Gannon boys.

How to land a spin hook kick

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

How to land a spin hook kick

Clinch Fundamentals

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Clinch Fundamentals

Belt Order White belt to black belt

Friday, December 22, 2017

Belt Order White belt to black belt

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How to tie your martial arts belt.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

How to tie your martial arts belt.

Sparring - Back fist round kick combination

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Sparring - Back fist round kick combination

Sparring - Back Fist Side Kick Combination

Friday, December 01, 2017

Sparring - Back Fist Side Kick Combination

MMA Sparring - 3 Types of Fighter Part 3

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

MMA Sparring - 3 Types of Fighter Part 3

How to deal with counter fighters.

The problem with counter fighters is they are sneaky, they are just waiting for you to attack and they don’t care what it is, and they have a punch a kick or take down ready to fire.

They may counter immediately, or move back then counter or side step then counter. The point is they want you to attack and ideally, they want you to over commit or over extend yourself.

What do you do?

Be patient.

The good thing, from our perspective, about counter fighters is that they will lay back and wait. which means you are not under any real threat until you make a move.

The solution, is to be sneakier than them. What you need to do is make an attack that is not really an attack, which means you never really commit or put your self in danger. You fire your attacks just short of your opponent. When you do this, you will see what counter techniques they have ready for you.

What makes this all a bit tricky? There are a few types of counter fighter. Some will just try to counter with one shot, others with a combination, then you have people that will fire blitz of techniques as a counter.

By attacking with a fake, you can find out whether they will fire one or several moves as a counterattack.

This is what you can do, first step determine what type of counter fighter they are. Second step fake a strong attack but don’t commit, you will see how and what they will counter with. So, now you can plan your own counter attack.

So, in other words you counter to their counter. However, if you are unfortunate enough to be sparring a high-level fighter, they may counter, your counter which was to their initial counter!

In this lesson you see that I attack with an aggressive back fist, but I attack just short, so when he counters there is no danger to me.

This fake does need to look real, counter fighters be their nature are not stupid. To make this fake look real, make the move look bigger by having more body movement.

Personally, I like to stomp my front foot as I attack, this is an aggressive move and will usually solicit a response from my opponent.

Here we demonstrate three counters, a punch, a kick and double leg take down

From the punch, I counter his counter with a round kick to the body (my favourite). From the take down counter I counter with a sprawl. Sprawling by the way is a great move since I have top position. We will demonstrate and teach takedown techniques in other lessons.

I hope you have enjoyed this lesson. Look out for many more to come.

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