Body Angling

Body angling I* used as a complement to your footwork or when you don't have time to step Inclining your body in the direction you are stepping just prior to your step a:ds the actual footwork by gettin<j you there faster. The same kind of incline may be used when you don't have time to actually step If you use the two together, body angle into the step, you will always have the maximum amount of body evasion that the circum stance allows.

When using footwork, you generally choose one of three tact»«.', retreat by step ping out and away from the shrike step in to jam the strike, step In to trie zero pressure area at the end of the arc.

When angling your body, you have a fourth consideration: getting beneath the movement plane of the angled strike. Generally. to get beneath the movement plane of a descending blow you must angle your body on the skle of the opponent from which the blow is traveling.

For example« to get out of the movement plane of a "number one" strike, aimed at your ncck. you may fa) angle forward and to the left, or (b) angle back and to the left Some fighters prefer (c) to face the weapon when angling beneath It


These are not technique*, but Illustrate angling


Likewise. to ye! out of the movement plane of "number two" strike aimed at your neck, you may (a) angle forward and to the right, or fb) angle back and to the right Again, you may want to (c) face the weapon as you angle.

The examples of angling Iter«* would normally be supported by defensive moves you will learn later in the hook



To f?et beneath the movement plane of a rising blow you must angle your body to the opposite '.iric from which the blow s traveling The safer.: path i-; toward the end of the arc to the opponent's ^oro pressure area

For example, you may get clear of a "number nine stnke aimed at your legs, by angling forward and to your right Likewise, you may get clear of a "number ten" strike by angling forward and to your left



There is one? other co?-sideration in body angKng. That is. getting out of the line of the deflected force Tins be covered In the section on Basic Defenses." l or now. try )ust angling your body for each of the twelve strikes thrown in slow motion. You'll note that some angles will give you complete evasion without blocking or deflecting the weapon. These "clearing" angles are ones that would allow you to deliver a simultaneous counter-strike on the opponent without first warding off his blow Many of the other angles wiil diminish the force of the opponent's strike enough to block or deflect it. At least one angle for every trike will take you Into the tip of the opponent's moving weapon That is the one angle you want to ouoid for that strike.

A helpful hint when angling your body is to lead with one of your shoulders while turning the other to the rear. When defending (photos a and h). the shoulder closest to the opponent's weapon l> generally the one you turn to the rear When striking (photo c). the shoulder on the side from which your weapon is moving is the one you generally turn forward. If you twist your body -.lightly into your strikes, your shoulders will turn naturally in the right direction for your striking molk>n.

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