The “Dracula” Guard Defensive Shell

Kru Rong of Thailand Training Camp Demonstrates the Dracula Guard

What’s that? The Dracula guard looks about as realistic as the death touch from Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Bloodsport?

I will agree. Yes, it looks about as realistic as the death touch. But unless you’re an expert, intuition sucks.

This technique looks counter-intuitive. You’re exposing your body and inviting your opponent to kick your ribs out of your body.

However, think about Dominic Cruz and Anderson Silva. They both love dropping their hands. They’re exposing their chins, yet they’re among the most evasive fighters in MMA history. Why? Because they know what their opponent is going to do. They make their opponents predictable by dropping their hands.

If someone you’re fighting or sparring with drops their hands, where do you want to punch them? Their face. It’s like if I told you not to think about Homer Simpson in lingerie. What do you do? You think about Homer Simpson in lingerie. The Dracula guard and dropping of hands works in the same way. It gets you to do something by telling you what to do.

For the finer details of the Dracula guard, observe the video below:

Kru Rong is the head trainer in Khongsittha, the kindest man you’ll ever meet, and he’s also a badass Rajadamnern champion. Is there more you need to ask for? There is? Well, you’re in luck.

Kru Rong isn’t the only badass trainer in Khongsittha gym. There’s Kru Ruey, a long-time #1 contender at both Rajadamnern and Lumpinee stadium, there’s Kru Pong, the jester of Thailand Training Camp, and there are plenty of more Krus with plenty of more technique:

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Evan Lee
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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