Lesson 23: Straight Knee 1

The Straight Knees are a great way to isolate knee technique and form. They are especially good at developing the proper hip movement needed to maximize the potency of all your kneeing techniques, whether they are done at medium range as shown here or from the clinch.

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Lesson 15: Parry and Counter Series

The Parry and Counter Series is simply an extension of the 6 Count Parry Set. As a reminder, every defensive technique is the precursor to a counter offensive technique in our system.

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Lesson 13: 16 Count Footwork and Counter Series

The 16 Count Footwork and Counter Series is the first part of Phase 2 (Counter). Like the defensive series in Phase 1, it is simply a efficient way to install a solid set of tools that will enable you to take advantage of your footwork and distance making abilities.

Different tools work better for different situations. Kicks tend to work better at longer distances against opponents who less aggressive with their pressure and give you time to set up in a stable kick stance. Punches are usually a better option vs opponents who are unrelenting and never give you the time or space to set up in a proper stance.

Learn the 16 Count Footwork and Counter Series and then experiment with your partner to learn which techniques work best in different situations and which technique you prefer on a personal level.

The Count for the Feeder is simple:

  1. Left Jab
  2. Straight Right
  3. Left Jab
  4. Straight Right
  5. Left Jab
  6. Straight Right
  7. Left Jab
  8. Straight Right
  9. Left Jab
  10. Straight Right
  11. Left Jab
  12. Straight Right
  13. Left Jab
  14. Straight Right
  15. Left Jab
  16. Straight Right
  1. Long Regular Foot Jab (Left)
  2. Short Regular Foot Jab(Right)
  3. Left Thai Kick
  4. Right Thai Kick
  5. Left Straight Knee
  6. Right Straight Knee
  7. Step and Slide Right, Straight Left
  8. Step and Slide Left, Straight Right
  9. Step and Slide Right, Overhand Left
  10. Step and Slide Left, Overhand Right
  11. True Right Cross
  12. Step and Slide Left, Bob to the Left, Left Shovel Hook to the Liver
  13. Hop Right, Right Hand
  14. Hop Left, Left Hand
  15. Right Swing Kick
  16. Left Swing Kick

Once you’ve got the 16 Count, Footwork and Counter Series down, experiment with using the same series against a partner who starts with a Straight Right instead of a Left Jab and alternates Right, Left, Right, Left as Opposed to Left, Right, Left, Right, and tell us what you discover in the forum here.

Lesson 12: Phase 1 Evade and Defend

Now that you have the foundation of our striking techniques laid, it’s important to understand the big picture.  Not just how to do a technique but rather, when to do a particular technique.  Understanding our 4 phased approach is paramount to  accomplishing this.

In Phase 1 you will use your footwork, hand defenses and occasionally a fading elusive head to stay safe, avoid, evade and defend against your opponent.  You should be focused only on defense at this point.  Do not allow your opponent to hit you.  Stay far enough away that you cannot be touched the majority of the time.  When possible you will make enough space to set up in your Kick Stance and prepare to counter.

The 4 Phases go in the following order:

  1. Phase 1:  Evade and Defend.  Make enough space to set up in Kick Stance.  Opponent should have to take at least 1 step to reach you with any attack
  2. Phase 2: Counter.  Attack your opponent’s bridge step.  Or Cover and Counter, Parry and Counter, Move your Head and Counter, Scoop and Counter, Or Shield and Counter
  3. Phase 3: Deconstruct.  When your opponent ceases to advance for fear of being countered.  Begin your attack.  First with a probe then follow by Deconstructing their defense
  4. Phase 4: Re-counter.  If your opponent begins to back up (using Phase 1 to set you up for a Phase 2 Counter), you must stutter your way in and attempt to Counter his Counter

But in order to all the above, you must first master and be completely competent and confident in your ability to execute Phase 1 Evade and Defend.

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Lesson 7: The 4 Basic Punches

These 3 primary punches will give you a rock solid set of tools to begin countering with.

  1. Jab
  2. Straight Right (a.k.a. The Cross, or Right Cross but this is a misnomer.  What does it cross?)
  3. Left Hook

There a few key points to adhere to on every punch regardless if it’s a Jab, Straight Right, Left Hook, Overhand or Uppecut.  The shoulder of the punching hand should cover the jaw where your fist just left its assignment.  The non punching hand should be covering the jaw on the opposite side.  The heel of the leg on the side of the punching hand should be raised and pivoted.  The knee of the leg on the side of the punching hand should be slightly bent and pointed towards the opposite leg.

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Lesson 2: Kick Stance

The Kick Stance is for use at slightly longer ranges.  Basically any time you cannot step and hit your opponent with your punching technique, you should be in Kick Stance.  The Kick Stance is more upright, keeping your head neck further away from potential knees and kicks and making it more difficult for your opponent to break your posture and own you in the Thai Clinch (Prumb), or set you up for neck cranks and chokes further down the line.  The upright posture also makes it easier to defend against leg kicks.

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The Online Classroom

This is an area where we will present a technique and each week, we will discuss considerations, counters, energies and follow ups to the technique presented the week before.

It will become a long chain of techniques that will all flow from one to another and will be a place where you can jump in at any time and follow along with the DamageControlMMA community as we explore a simple, easy to follow progression TOGETHER.

So jump in, ask questions, tell us where you’re having troubles, and where you’re having success!

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