Catch and go combo to takedown

When an opponent launches an attack, your ideal reaction should be to slip his strike and then immediately come I forward with an attack of your own. It's ideal, but not always possible. If your opponent is a proficient striker it will be W very difficult to slip every one of his strikes. The chances are he will pay close attention to your footwork and movement, waiting for the moment when you are off balance or stretched out to launch his attack. If you find yourself in ^ a situation where a strike is coming at you and you're out of position to slip it, your next best option is to block the Z strike. However, assuming a purely defensive posture can get you in trouble, as Tito Ortiz learned when he faced K Chuck Liddell in UFC 47. He covered up to block Liddell's punches, but that only led to more punches. Eventually one [t! sneaked through Ortiz's defenses. In order to avoid such an outcome when blocking a strike, a good tactic is to employ Z something I call "catch and go." When an opponent attacks, you want to catch his attack by blocking his punch, and then immediately fire back with the same hand you blocked his punch with. The combination you choose to put to-U gether depends largely upon your game plan and opponent. I included the technique below not because it is something to live by, but rather to get your creative juices flowing.

I'm in a standard fighting stance, squared off with Troy in the pocket.

Because I immediately countered with the cross, my fist collides with Troy's chin before he can bring his left arm back to block it.

Because I immediately countered with the cross, my fist collides with Troy's chin before he can bring his left arm back to block it.

Having discombobulated Troy with the cross, I immediately follow up with a left hook. The moment Troy sees it coming out of his peripheral vision, his natural reaction is to keep his hands up to block a potential barrage.

Thinking I'm going to unleash with more strikes, Troy keeps his hands up to protect his face. Capitalizing on his reaction, I drop my level, explode off my right foot to cover the distance between us, and wrap both arms around the back of his legs. From here I will complete the double-leg takedown by cutting the corner (p. 30).

I'm in a standard fighting stance, squared off with Troy in the pocket.

Troy throws a left hook at my face, but I'm out of position to slip it. To avoid getting hit, I block the hook by keeping my right hand pressed tight against the right side of my face. It is important that you keep your arm snug against your face to prevent the punch from knocking your arm into your head, and it is also important to keep your arm tightly coiled to close any gaps the punch might be able to sneak through.

Catching Troy's hook with my right arm, I fire a cross before he has a chance to bring his left hand back and block the punch. It is important to notice that I am following a line of attack based off the punch Troy threw. If he had thrown a different punch, I would have followed a different line of attack.

I'm in a standard fighting stance, squared As Paco throws a left hook, I begin dropping Having dropped down into a crouched off with Paco in the pocket. my level to evade the punch. stance, Paco's hook sails over my head.
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