The JKD Principle of Interception
Besides setting up the straightblast one of the major cornerstones of my method of self defense is intercepting incoming attacks. This principle is the core fighting strategy of JKD. There several ways a interception can be done in either long range or close range both offensively and defensively. One basic way to intercept at long range is through a stop hit. A stop hit is a attack fired at long range against a bad guy stepping in range to throw his punch. The most basic stop hit is the lead jab from JKD and Boxing. This utilizes the JKD principle of using the longest weapon to the nearest target. (The lead punch to the chin or jaw region). Other stop hit technique examples would be the low side kick to the knee, the lead fingerjab to the eyes, a thrusting tiger claw to the face or eyes, a single handed ear smack, a quick lead round kick to the groin, a powerful rear spinning back kick with a solid thrust into the ribs, and so on.
If at long range you're unable to stop hit because your opponent is a crafty boxer or thai boxer then your next means of long range interception is through limb destructions. Limb destructions are attacks made to the bad guy's attacking body weapons to destroy them. Some example techniques are the bicep punch, vertical or horizontal elbow strike to the hand or knuckles, driving a elbow strike to the high kicks, driving a knee strike to the leg kicks, lower your head to break the bad guy's knuckles on the top of your skull.
Then there is also close range interceptions which are important because most fights begin at close range. Defensive interception would include jamming punches and offensive interceptions could involve pre emptive striking (throwing your attack first) such as a chin jab to the jaw, a head butt to the nose, or a knee strike to the balls. When intercepting at close range it is important to use the closest weapon to closest target principle to intercept a attack.
Another important principle is the opportunity principle. If done right this principle will enable your to bypass the bad guy's flinch and reflexive defenses as well as any trained defensive techniques such as parries, blocking, slipping, covering, etc. A good drill would be to have a training partner in front of you at close range. Slowly and softly either you throw a strike or your partner throw a strike. One strikes and the other defends with a block, parry, etc. As you strike or defend such as jamming the punch say the word in your head "opportunity". If you complete your block or strike before completing the word "opportunity" you will notice that you often effectively intercept your opponents move. If your pre emptive or counter movement is completed after you complete your word "opportunity" in your head then you will notice your interception attempt has likely failed.
So this is a basic explanation of intercepting attacks. Experiment with these ideas and remember to train safely.
Until next time,
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