What are the characteristics of combat sports (MMA, boxing, kickboxing, etc.…) and how do you use them in combat sports fighting?
1. Footwork (stepping): running and fighting.
2. Moving and striking: the practitioner strikes while moving and employs the elements of combat sports.
3. Strikes are executed as the practitioner moves around the opponent in a circular fashion (the squared circle).
When we say that something is “martial” we relate it to combat. That is because the essence of anything defined as “martial” is combat.
In addition, a self-defense system is also one of self-offense.
In combat and in fighting, the most important concept is that of “tactical considerations”. By this, we refer to the act of considering, or keeping in mind, “tactics”, which are defined as the actual means used to gain an objective.
In Natural Motion Systems (NMS), we say that this objective is:
“To hit and not get hit
To control and not get controlled
To throw and not get thrown
To finish and not get finished”.
The methods to reach this objective involve footwork, geometry of combat, a combat formula and the application of the elements of combat.
Footwork is the best form of defense and simultaneous offense. It allows to change the range (dimension) and angle (space) that a person has with respect to an opponent. It allows us to have a geometry of combat and a positionally based system.
Geometric Combat formula:
1. Shut down the front (danger zone)
2. Attack from the side (advantageous or disadvantageous zone)
3. Capture the back (safe zone)
4. Finish (non-counter ability)
Footwork is also used as a delivery system for power. The energy is in locomotion.
Furthermore, footwork allows for indirect attacks or counter-offense (attack and defense combined) to be conducted.
Example: Box step (footwork)
Female Triangle: 45 degree (approach) step;
90 degree lateral (neutral) step;
Front leg moves back straight (longitudinal);
Back leg becomes front leg at 45 degrees;
Front leg steps and body turns to transverse/lateral;