Direct and Indirect Attacks - Giving you Options

This study session is focused on direct and indirect attacks. As our skills develop, we want to practice working on attacking an many different attack angles. P1 is focused on very direct attacks. The student is still developing and recognizing ranges of weapons (Striking styles). So P1 focuses on direct line attacks (Punch and Palm strikes as an example). The student is learning to know through practice their range and a very basic attack pattern. They are learning the principles of Hand Defense, Body Defense, Counter, move off line and Scan.

As you practice ensure that you are doing technique in such a way that it develops your skills. Issues that can occur are;

- Student shortens strikes to avoid hitting partner. (Instead of touching or striking past their partners head)

- Partner punches, leaving the arm extended (nothing I have experienced in life, Retract on all punches)

- Does not follow the principles. (Uses hand, but does not move the body out of the line of attack, if the hand is unsuccessful, the student still gets hit)

- Tries to go too fast in the beginning thinking that it will make them better. (Bad technique at any speed is still bad technique)

As you progress, look at the angles that can be used to attack your opponent. This could be from punches, palms, elbows, kicks, knee strikes, control technique etc. 

Recognize the range that you are working at and match the technique to the range. I see many times new students using a tool that is not at an appropriate range. An example would be going from a kick to create distance to an elbow strike. This does not make sense. An example of sequence would be an elbow strike, to a punch or hammer, to a knee or kick moving offline and scanning. 


Examples of Direct Attacks (Straight Line Attack)

Straight Punches

Palm Strikes

Front Kick

Side Kick

There can be variations on attack patterns as an example a palm strike can be indirect depending on the angle of use (Subject bent over, palm strike up and impacting the face). 

Examples of Indirect Attacks (Circular Attack)

Hook Punches

Uppercut Punches

Round House Kicks

Exercise to assist in developing your angles of attack

Have partner stand still in their fighting outlet stance. Work around their body using all weapons touching your partners body with gloved hand. Look at what weapons work at from each angle. Remember your principles of hard (Fist) to soft (Palm) depending on your target.