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Some the ways a person may attack another person:
- Direct attacks. Simple, powerful, centerline attacks that do not hide their intentions, such as punches and kicks.
- Indirect attacks. Attacks that use fakes and feints to hide your real intentions, such as a fake front kick to abdomen that changes into a round kick to the head.
- Trapping attacks. Attacks that temporarily check and control an opponent's limbs or defenses so that another attack may be used. They are not intended to do damage, they only set the stage for other attacks. For example, closing in to jam a kick while punching to the head.
- Grappling attacks. Attacks that secure, smother, damage, or control your opponent through direct physical contact, such as locks, joint breaks, chokes, and pins.
- Balance attacks. Attacks that disruption an opponent's position, composure, or stability, such sweeps, throws, pushes, or pulls.
- Angular attacks. Attacks delivered from either side of the centerline or from unexpected directions, such as a hook punch to the outer thigh.
- Drawing attacks. Attacks that are meant to lure an opponent into taking action so the primary attack may be executed, such as exposing the lead ribs to draw a side kick and then delivering a spin side kick to the head.
- Combination attacks. Attacks that use two or more of the other attacks in a single engagement without hesitation or pause, such as a foot sweep that leads into a spin hook kick to the head that leads into an arm lock for control.
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