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This is an article I just wrote in response to a friend's question:
Not bad Wael. One thing we do is get students in the habit of multiple strike combos. We only have a few basic combos, and after they get the hang of it we just throw random strikes in as we call what to do next. These will include strikes from all ranges of combat as the student get proficiently better. One thing I say is that you should not have to many strikes in your combo. Each strike combo should contain no more than 5 strikes.
This would include a combination of upper and lower body strikes. To much of the same thing and you could get a type of tunnel vision in you striking and opponents can adapt. As well, when your strike combos get to long then you tend to forget to finish the fight. You want to just keep going and adding on. It is best to go with a few strikes and make them increasingly aggressive, precise and or destructive; all leading into your finishing move/s.
Very good article, Wael. I follow a similar approach as well. I have a different range pattern where Long range is outside of foot strike distance and more appropriate for long reach weapons, parley or running, Open is within foot striking distance, Close where you strike with long hand strikes, Contact range some call stand up grappling or short strike range, and then Grappling range, on the ground. In addition to tools at varying ranges, is you moving and controlling your body into and out of ranges as you control the person. One tool that many schools don't "teach" is the de-escalation skills and awareness needed to stay in Long range and prevent the attack if at all possible. I boxed in college and I do see great value in attack routines as they do provide you with muscle memory in 3-9 or so strikes at a time. I'm actually surprised that your friend's son is being taught (I assume being taught) to strike once and disengage (unless the movies are influencing him). I think in my first lesson ever, I was told to always attack in 'three's' if not more. That way, it keeps the opponent off balance and helps you create openings with your footwork to set the conditions for what you want to do next (and I think you reference that similar idea in your article too). Anyway, I was just throwing in a couple extra pennies here.
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