Some of the different tupes of fighters.
- These are the runners. Rather than stand their ground, they move away from an attack.
- They would rather avoid an attack than block.
- Usually are not physically intimidating.
- Endurance may be lacking.
- They may be unsure of their abilities and they to avoid confrontation or they may be highly skilled fighters who float like a butterfly and sting like a bee by moving away to avoid attacks, swiftly counter attack, and then again move back out of range.
- Entice them to come to you by providing an opening.
- If they run backward, use long range techniques, such as rear leg kicks, sliding kicks, or jumping kicks.
- Control where they may run, or cause them to run in the direction you choose.
- If they run to the sides, try to figure which side they tend to move to and make them move into your attack.
- "Spook" them with a feign attack, and then move in swiftly to their new location.
- These are fighters who stand their ground, block, and counter attack.
- They usually physically strong with tight, close-in blocks and attacks.
- May be physically intimidating.
- Analyze their style of fighting and develop tactics to overcome them.
- Act tired to draw them in.
- Use quick double kicks to get around their defenses.
- Mix slow and fast techniques.
- Mix circular and linear techniques
- Attack at varying heights, low, middle, and high, with hands and feet.
- Lift your leg to fake a kick, and then attack with hands.
- Use their instincts against them, such as look high but attack low
- Attack them from an angle, rather than straight in.
- These are nonstop blitz fighters who continuously attack.
- Usually have high endurance level.
- They try to intimidate by being "flashy."
- An aggressive fighting style sometimes masks weak defensive skills.
- Use intimidation, such as hard blocks or using your body to shove them around,
- Intercept their attacks by using mid-section kicks as they are coming in, by checking their kicking leg, or check their hips when they try spinning techniques.
- Move to a different angle and keep moving.
- Do not let them control you. Do not move in the direction they try to get you to move.
- Beat them at their own game- blitz them. You will need to practice combinations that you can perform quickly and powerfully.
- Combination Fighters
- These fighters use all three styles interchangeably.
- Cagey fighters who feel out their opponents by trying out each style.
- Can be difficult to fight.
- When two thinking fighters are sparring, it is a mental strategy game, similar to playing chess.
- Thinking fighters are thinking moves ahead. For example: I will feint a high punch to bring his guard up, then I will fake a low kick to bring his guard down, which will leave his head open for the finishing blow.
- Constantly change your strategy to meet their changes.
- You must detect their strategy as it changes, develop your own strategy, and plan your attacks and counters two, three, or more moves ahead.
- Single techniques will not work; every attack or block must be used with combinations.