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Drawing

Intro

Drawing is when a fighter invites aa attack by exposing a specific target from an angle that makes the target appear available.

Using the draw

Counter fighters are fighters who prefer to react to attacks using counterattacks rather than initially attacking, so they like to draw opponents into predictable attacks so they may fire their planned counterattacks. Counter fighters are willing to take a blow or give up a point if it permits them to score with numerous counter blows.

Drawing has the advantage of exposing the attacker to a counterattack, but it some disadvantages. The opponent may realize it is a draw, score with the initial attack, and then be prepared for the counterattack. Also, taking a hit can be dangerous if the hit is more powerful than expected.
In most fights with inexperienced fighters, the fighters trade techniques, it is a "monkey see, monkey do" scenario. Since most fighters fight in a closed (same sides forward) fighting position, when one fighter attacks with a technique, it means that fighter is usually open for the opponent to counterattack with the same technique. Therefore, the usual counter to a lead round kick is a lead round kick, the usual counter to a jab is a jab, etc. Since this is usually the case, if you want an opponent to fire a specific technique, you should fake with that technique.

Kicks to the back are usually illegal. Kicks to the head require a high chamber, use a lot of energy, are easily blocked, and the head is a difficult target to hit, so they are used judiciously. Therefore, most kicks are to the abdomen. Side kicks to the abdomen are rare since the abdomen is usually angled to the side, so most side kicks are to the lower ribs on the lead side. Since this is the most used target, if you want an opponent to fire a side kick, raise your lead arm so the high elbow exposes your lower ribs.

When fighting in an open (opposite sides forward) fighting position, if you want the opponent to fire a lead hook kick, keep the lead elbow low to protect the ribs, and either lower the rear arm to expose your head or raise it to expose your abdomen.

When fighting in a closed (same sides forward) fighting position, if you stand in front of your opponent, you are a target for most all kicks. If you move to the sides, the easiest kick for the opponent to use is a round kick. Therefore, if you want an opponent to fire a round kick, move the sides and expose your abdomen.

To draw specific attacks:
  • To draw a punch, stand square with your opponent. When you fire a rear leg front kick, your body squares with the opponent, so a fake rear leg kick may draw a punch counter. This move may also draw a kick. To differentiate between an imminent kick or a punch, watch the opponent's upper body. If the opponent leans backward, a kick is probably coming; if the opponent leans forward, a punch is probably coming.
  • To draw a front kick, fake a front kick. Then defend against the front kick and counterattack.
  • To draw a round kick, stand a few inches to the side of the opponent's centerline; this makes it difficult for the opponent to fire a front kick or side kick. Start from out of range and inch closer while exposing your midsection. The opponent will probably fire a lead leg round kick.
  • To draw a heel kick, start with a side kick draw but keep your ribs covered. Let your lead hand drop some and the opponent will probably fire a heel kick to your head.
  • To draw a back fist, stand out or range, protect ribs, and expose your head. As the opponent moves in with a back fist, move inside and block above the opponent's elbow.
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