Fakes and feints have been lumped together for too long. They are both tools of deception, but function differently and serve different purposes. Troy Jones breaks down fakes vs. feints. . .
A FAKE, A FEINT & TROY JONES WALK INTO A BAR…
Did you know there was a difference between a fake and a feint? Well, there is, and it is important to know the difference!
John Danaher, famed BJJ mastermind and coach of all-time UFC great Georges St. Pierre, spoke in a video once about the importance of nomenclature – the system of naming things. He said that if you were to repair a car’s engine, you would have a much easier time if you had names for every single piece in it. Imagine a how-to guide having to describe the oil pan whenever they wanted to refer to it instead of simply calling it “an oil pan.” You’d be sitting there forever trying to repair your car.
The better you are at communicating all the intricacies of Muay Thai, the better conversations you will have with others about it and the more you will learn. John Danaher has proved the importance of this beyond the shadow of a doubt.
For now, let’s get into the difference between fakes and feints and how to use them. I will elaborate on all this further:
FAKES VS. FEINTS: HOW THEY’R DIFFERENT, WHEN TO USE THEM
Feints are a fantastic way to read your opponent’s defense and plan how you want to get around that. Saenchai often feints the rear kick by simply taking a step forward and straightening his rear leg.
Fakes are fantastic for changing your offense mid-combination. Saenchai will often hop in with a fake teep and transition into another technique like a sweep, punch combination, or a flying scissor kick as we all have famously seen.
These two tools are both extremely important to have. Knockouts, as you probably know, are rarely results of brute force attacks but of deception. The more tools of deception we have, the better our chances of getting the knockout.
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