Martial Arts Fighting Strategy : Martial Arts Defense: How to Fake

Hi everybody I’m John Graden from the Martial
Arts Teacher’s Association. Today we are talking about one of my all time favorite subjects.
It is one of the most misunderstood subjects in all the fight game and I’m going to share
it with you and this is how to fake and why you fake. So let’s talk first about why you
fake. If I ask you why you fake or if I ask a group of instructors why you fake or I ask
students why you fake I get oh I want to fake them out, I want to make them think I am kicking
and I’m going to punch them. We don’t necessarily fake a technique. Here is the reason you want
to fake. This is the goals of a fake. The goal of a fake is to gain time and to gain
distance, time and distance. What do I mean by that? Take a look. Joining us from Pro
Star Martial Arts is Mr. Joe Brignoli. Step back just a little bit. Let’s imagine that
he is a big tall mean guy like my brother so he is 6’5″ world champion. You just can’t
walk in on those guys and attack, they’re going to kill you so you have to become a
master of faking so let’s imagine this. I want to get in here and punch him with a right
hand to the body. I’m unable to step all the way across and fire because he is too big,
strong, fast, whatever so I’m going to throw a little fake on him. I’m going to fire a
short shoulder fake which is going to do two things. One I close half the distance on him.
I didn’t go all the way, I closed half the distance on him. Remember the purpose of fake
is to gain time and distance. Two, I gain time because you notice when I did that he
hesitated for just a second and he kind of tensed up and that means I am dictating that
fight for that fraction of a second so watch again. A good fake is designed to gain time
and distance. As I throw the fake I go half way in, he hesitates, I am in control for
this moment and I can choose now to either step on in and finish or bail out so the purpose
of a good fake should close half the distance and then buy you a little bit of time with
the hesitation. The purpose of a fake is to gain time and distance, that’s it. I’m John
Graden and for more information contact me at Thank you.

6 Replies to “Martial Arts Fighting Strategy : Martial Arts Defense: How to Fake

  1. No "instructor", he tensed up because his instincts told him shoot out a left jab that you hopped into but then he realized he wouldn't get paid if he popped you in the mouth….

  2. His target was already in a fighting stance. Assuming you have the power to do any real damage to a larger opponent's torso with a quick punch, go for it. However, in this situation, I would personally execute either a groin strike or a take down to gain leverage in that scenario.

  3. an ametuer boxer can take him at the slight move ment when he first steps into range the instinct is to strike he would be on the floor from the first hit

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