- Sparring Strategies
- Sparring and Chess
- Fighter classifications
- Combination Fighter
- Counter Fighters
- Shorter Opponent
- Taller Opponent
- Out of Control Opponents
- Bob and Weaver
- Persistent Jabber
- Aggressive Opponent
- Wait and Counter Fighter
- Very Fast Opponent
- Lightweight vs. Heavyweight Opponents
- Total Package Opponents
- Strategies to use if you are a lead fighter
- Strategies if you are a counter fighter
- All Pages
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Counter fighters wait for their opponents to attack, and then they block the attack and quickly follow-up with their own attack. Counter fighters:
- Rarely initiate an attack; they anticipate attacks by reading the opponent's style.
- Make opponents attack the way they want by baiting or using feints. Once opponent launches the attack, the counter fighter relies on intuition, timing, and power to block the attack and to move in with an attack.
- Are adept at slipping, parrying, or evading blows so they can move in with their attacks.
- Attacks are often circular, to get around an incoming technique. Watch out for high roundhouse or hook kicks. The quick ones use linear techniques, such as sliding a side kick past a chambered leg.
- Even though they use a lot of evasive movements, they do not move very far.
To fight a counter fighter:
- If you are a kicker, fake angular kicks and nail the counter fighter with a straight-in kick as he or she moves in with a counterattack.
- If you are puncher, fake an attack, block the counterattack, and then counterattack. Keep opponent under pressure and off balance. If you are puncher, fake an attack, block the counterattack, and then counterattack. Keep opponent under pressure and off balance.