9 Basic Striking Combinations | Effective Martial Arts


Hi, I’m Patrick Fulop, this is Effective Martial
Arts. In this lesson, 9 basic combinations to start working on your stand up striking
fluidity! Alright, so 9 basic striking combinations.
As you might know, when you’re in a fight, not all of your strikes will land, so practicing
combinations is an essential tool to make sure you can create openings, and land your
strikes on your opponent. So, here’s an overview first, before we tackle
these combos, make sure you’re fresh on the basic punches and basic kicks; you can check
out those videos in the cards above. Especially for the punches because we’re gonna use that
same number system to refer to the punches faster when we’re doing combos. So here it
goes, basic fighting stance, 4 punching combinations first:
1: 1-2-3-2. One, two, three, two. 2: backfist-2-3-6. Backfist, two, three, six.
3: 1-5-3-2. One, five, three, two. And 4: 2-3-2, step 2. Two, three, two, angle
step, two. There we go, four punching combinations.
Now, 3 combinations with kicks only, first one:
Front kick front leg, low roundhouse, turning side. Front kick front leg, low roundhouse,
turning side. Next one, starts the same way, start with
a front leg front kick, low roundhouse a little bit lower for a sweep, and then follow through
with a spinning heel kick after that. Front kick front leg, low roundhouse nice and low,
spinning heel kick. And last one, we’re gonna start with a low
roundhouse, cross step side kick, and then a high roundhouse. Low roundhouse, cross step
side kick, high roundhouse. There we go. And last 2, combining punches and kicks together.
First one: low side kick – 1-2. Low side kick, 1-2. And last, 1-2 – roundhouse. 1-2 – roundhouse.
Those are your 9 basic striking combinations, now lets look at each in a little bit more
detail, with some applications. So, general principles first, as with all
the strikes, power comes from the ground. You really have to use your legs, use your
weight transfer, and use your hips to add power to your strikes, first basic principle.
Second basic principle, make sure to stay relaxed, and always breathe. You want to breathe
out with your strikes and breathe in in between; perfect relaxation, do not contract any muscles
you don’t need. And lastly, protect yourself at all times. So every time you strike, make
sure your back hand is there to protect, and make sure you’re protecting with your shoulder
in front as well. So, let’s look at ’em. Punching combinations
first, very classic, 1-2-3-2. So, jab, cross, lead hook, cross. Little bit faster… Always
breathing out, weight transfer front and back fighting twist… Now let’s see it applied…
One more time… There we go. Next: back fist – 2-3-6. Very similar, but
here the first two strikes are gonna be on one weight transfer, so it goes bam-bam, back
fist – 2. So right here, transition, back fist, 2 right away, 3, bring my weight back,
and then 6, uppercut, bring my weight in front, go up with the uppercut. Once again, back
fist, 2, 3, 6, a little bit faster… Now let’s see it applied… One more time…
Next one: 1-5-3-2. Here I’m gonna practice successive strikes with the same hand, with
my lead hand. I’m still gonna move my hips into it to have power into my strikes. So
right here, 1 is a jab, 5: lead uppercut, 3: lead hook, and then cross to finish. Again,
1-5-3-2, moving my hips every time… A little bit faster… And let’s see it applied…
There we go, 1-5-3-2. Last punching combination: 2-3-2 angle step
2. So I’m gonna start with a cross, front fighting twist, lead hook, cross, then angle
step, I’m not gonna just go to the side, I’m gonna go forward a little bit, so I keep my
distance, same distance with my opponent, and cut the angle, here and here. Very important
to plant my feet before I throw the last punch, you always want your feet to be stable when
you’re punching. And then 2. Again, a little bit faster, 2-3-2 – angle step, stable – 2.
And, real speed… One more time… And let’s look at it applied…
Those are your 4 punching combinations, now
3 combinations with kicks only. So first, front leg front kick, low roundhouse,
turning side kick. Front leg front kick, low roundhouse (inside leg or outside leg), turn,
stop my rotation here, very important grip the ground, then push off the leg into my
turning side kick, and come back. Once again, front, low roundhouse, turning side. Front
the other side… And the other… Now let’s look at it applied…
Next one with the kicks, same initial 2 kicks, and then I’m gonna follow through, keep my
rotation going into a spinning heel kick instead. So it goes: front leg front kick, low roundhouse
a little bit lower, this is gonna be a sweep right here, keep my rotation going, turn my
body, swing my arm, and spinning heel kick, into the target. Once again, front leg front
kick, low roundhouse, spinning heel kick. A little bit faster… Let’s see it applied…
One more time… Last kicking combination: low roundhouse,
cross step side kick, high roundhouse. Low roundhouse (inside or outside leg), cross
step, nice and stable, push off the ground, side kick, and high roundhouse to the face.
If you can’t quite get to the face, it’s alright, you can hit the body as well. One more time,
low, cross step, high. Again, faster… Now let’s look at it applied… One more time…
And those are your 3 kicking combinations. Next step, 2 combos that combine punches and
kicks together. First one: low side kick – 1-2. This is a defensive combo, I’m gonna stop
the opponent in his legs, high thigh or knee, with my side kick, and then follow up with
a 1-2 punch. So right here, low side kick, jab, cross, in my fighting twist. Little bit
faster… Real speed… There we go, now let’s look at it applied…
Last combination, 1-2 – roundhouse. Two punches to the face to create an opening, then a nice
roundhouse kick either to the ribs, or the thigh. So it goes: jab, cross, as I do my
cross, I step out at the same time, then go right into my kick right away, I follow through
on my motion, kick, there we go, either to the body or to the leg. Once more… A little
bit faster… Now let’s look at it applied… And those are your 9 basic striking combinations.
Practice these ones a lot, you want to be able to fire them away with absolutely no
hesitation when you need to. You can also create some combos of your own, once you understand
the basic principles. If you know any other combos you like to practice, tell us what
they are in the comments below. Click like if you enjoyed this lesson, and don’t forget
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because soon we’re gonna start seeing the basics of the ground game, as well as the
clinch/wrestling range. So that’s coming up. Till next time, I’m Patrick Fulop, this is
Effective Martial Arts, and remember, practice well, safety first, and use these techniques
only for self-defense.

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