Southpaw Check-Hook to Body Shot Combo

Land Crippling Body Shots with This Simple Combination

As the saying goes, “the shot you don’t see coming will be the one that knocks you out.”

All strikes, in order to land, must be accompanied by set ups which blind the opponent. Blinding comes in many forms: combinations, angles, hand traps, tricky footwork, etc. Today, we will look at one of the most effective blinding tools: the dominant angle.

Taking a dominant angle is one of the most effective setups because it allows you “to hit and not get hit.” It’s like having the high ground in a battle. However, like all things in life, getting there is the tricky part.

In the below video, DJ Miller demonstrates a simple check-hook that will occupy his focus (blinding him) and place you in a dominant angle. It’s simple, wonderful, and—most importantly—gets the job done:

Southpaw Check-Hook to Body Shot Combo

As Tyson said, “everybody has a plan until they get hit.” We know that a punch in the face can turn a black belt into a brown belt. We also know that, at its worst, a punch in the face can turn the simple into the complex. The “simple” technique in the above video will become complex when fists start flying.

Thus comes the importance of defense. We shall begin with our worst nightmares: the pressure fighter.

How to Handle Pressure Fighters

The lovely thing about the dominant angle is that it is simultaneously offense and defense. It places you in the ideal position to land strikes, and it places your opponent in the worst position to deliver any.

In fact, your opponent will most likely have to pivot to face you, and in that brief second comes your golden opportunity to land the final strike.

Now, let us study the master of the dominant angle through the eyes of Lawrence Kenshin Striking Breakdowns:

Moments of Brilliance: Saenchai’s Taking Dominant Angles

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Evan is a gourmand of combat sports from Taiwan. He appreciates the beauty of Muay Thai movement and all other movements. He's got no rudder so if the winds blow northerly, he goes north. His goal is to achieve and appreciate.







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