I know, kickboxing karate doesn’t really exist, but it does make a fine translation of arts. When you shift from karate to kickboxing, or shift from kickboxing back to karate, you can win every single contest you are in by knowing the three things I am going to tell you in this article. We are dealing only with the fists, mind you, so you have to control the distance to make sure that you stay at a distance that is comfortable for you to punch at.
If you are going to try to use this information with the feet we would have to set up an art called karate tae kwon do…grin. Or, if you were going to use it with fancy trapping manuevers we might call it shaolin kickboxing. Call it anything you want, the techniques will work, but you might have to make some changes.
Before we get going I should tell you how to set up the three techniques. The set up is to have the hands extended, elbows about 135 degrees, palms facing outward, so that the hands are in front of the shoulders. This, incidentally, is a sign of peace, an ‘I don’t want to fight,’ which is a good thing because it is better to avoid a fight.
The basic principle here is that two objects can’t occupy the same place in space. Go on, shove one chair through another chair. You’ll just end up with kindling.
First Technique, he is going to have to go around you, and you can do a hard block and punch. This isn’t even a counter, this is done at the same time with a slight body shift/sidestep. You will have immediately grabbed the initiative and can follow up with an inside attack.
Second technique, he is going to try shifting to the front and leading with a jab, and you can just let him pass and punch on his body. With either of these two techniques your opponent is trying to go around you, and this will set him up by shutting his weapons down, or opening his targets up. Either way, you win.
Third technique, and this is the one we want, is when he tries to go between your hands. He can be blocked easily, and, the potential for trapping him, simply by closing your hands, is large. You trap his elbow and his wrist and work an arm bar, and when he tries to back out, or otherwise wiggle, you elbow roll him, and you can work elbow spikes and secondary punches, all while keeping him trapped and unable to fight back.
This fighting technique can further be improved by shifting the body or changing the distance between your palms, thus encouraging your attacker to do exactly what you want. In other words, you will have created the path of his entry, and nobody is easier to beat than a fighter who is predictable. So, there you go, that is how you actually apply matrixing concepts to the first moves of a fight, and when you win that battle just tell everybody you study kickboxing karate…heh.