Attack By Draw – Baiting

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How Attack By Draw Can Improve Your Game

A lot is spoken about learning the basics when it comes to the martial arts. No one would ever say focusing on the basics is a bad idea. There are times, however, when it could be wise to learn a few of the more advanced facets to training. One advanced area would be employing an attack by draw.

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Also known as baiting an opponent, an attack by draw entails opening a line of attack to direct an opponent towards it. This is a risky strategy because you are allowing an opponent the ability to attack. Hence, this is why it is deemed an advanced strategy. What is the secret to making the advanced strategy work?

Once again, we have to return our attention to the basics. Ironic is it not?

The better you have mastered the basics, then the better you will be able to engage in something along the lines of attack by draw. The better your basics are and the cleaner your movements, the more likely you can make an attack by draw strategy work.

Such a strategy is not exactly complicated to grasp. Hard to do, but difficult to explain. Let us look at a simple example:

In kickboxing, you could leave your hand a little low to draw in a punch or your elbow a little high to draw in a kick. In a grappling scenario, some in a closed guard could let the arm drift forward to draw in an armlock or triangle attempt.

All of this might seem a little risky if not outright dangerous. So, why would you want to do it? Well, you can never 100% guarantee what someone is going to do, but by leaving lines open, you can gain some semblance of certainty in terms of how they act or react. Basically, you are slyly guiding the actions of an opponent for them. This opens the door for counterattacking and overwhelming an opponent.

To repeat, you never know how an opponent is going to act. Just because you leave the door wide open for someone to take a particular action, the action might not be taken. It could come off as just being a little too good to be true. So, you have to have good reflexes and combinations in order to react if things do not go as planned. Even if you do launch an attack, it can be countered so always be ready to react. This is why good basics are so important.

When timed right though, an attack by draw technique can have amazing results. For that reason alone, investing time in developing these skills is recommended. Once you do develop the skill, you might have a powerful new strategy at your disposal to exploit.

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