Be a Great Karate Fighter!
This method, how to analyze a karate fighter, was supposedly created by Bruce Lee, though I don’t know whether it was ever included in his Jeet Kune Do training. It was supposedly taught by Bruce to Karate champion Joe Lewis, who became one of the fiercest Karate fighters to ever enter the ring. Joe Lewis is supposed to have relayed the method to various Kenpo schools, where it was used by Ed Parker, and eventually disappeared from view.
This method will work, it will tell you what kind of a opponent you are about to fight, and help you create a strategy to defeat that fighter. However, there is a glaring weakness in inside this method, and, there is a glaring weakness in the fact of the method. Still, it is an important tool to have and be able to use if you are going to develop as a real mixed martial artist fighter.
When you face off and are about to fight, fake a strike and see what happens. Before we analyze what happens, consider the basic weakness behind this movement. A fake is a wasted motion, and while you’re faking he might not be wasting motions.
If the fighter backs up, he is a runner, he is going to spend his time running away from you. This means that you are going to have to go after him and track him down. You are going to have to develop a strategy which backs him up, cuts him off, and sets him up for the kill.
If the fighter charges you, then he is aggressive, you can bet he is going to be coming towards you. This means you are going to have to slip him or back him down. You are going to have to develop a strategy which stops him, which slips his aggressiveness, and which takes advantage of his tendency to over charge.
If the fighter makes as if he is going to block, then he is not going anywhere. This means he is going to stay where he is and face you, and you are going to have to penetrate his defenses if you are going to win. You are going to have to develop a strategy which interchanges overwhelming with darting, or whatever else it takes to penetrate his shields.
These three observable directions are excellent for establishing a structure within the chaos of combat. However, the glaring weakness of the method became obvious the first time somebody tried to use it on me. The fellow faked, and I moved with him, but did not flee nor charge, merely duplicated his motion such as it was.
I knew his motion wasn’t real, and I was interested in matching what he was doing, mirroring his actions, and finding out what he was doing. Checking the way a fellow reacts to something is not in real time, it is in fake time. Thus, this method falls apart when somebody is not reacting with the three ‘directions of a typical karate fighter, but moving in real time, is letting The True Art move him and detail his responses.
Great Article. Thanks. It IS a disconcerting state of affairs, and one that would open the door to learning…