How To Use An Effective Attack By Drawing

If you think about it, attack by drawing displays the cunning skills a Jeet Kune Do practitioner must have. To perform the attack, you need to lure your opponent to be within a certain distance because you strike. To an opponent, it’s like you’re finally giving in and you’re giving him the opportunity to defeat. Only that it’s not going to happen and you end up with a stealth like strike instead.

Attack by drawing is in line with Bruce Lee’s idea of combat realism. Lee believes that martial arts techniques must be effective in real-life combat situations. He didn’t want any flashy techniques that would look good but are not as effective in survival and street defense.

It is also reflective of Lee’s belief that “boards don’t kick back”. Why? Because you can’t perform attack by drawing on inanimate objects. You have to have an unwilling assistance who resists. This means an actual combat should serve as your training ground. Therefore, this is a “full gear on” technique.

What makes ABD effective?

With ABD, it’s more than the action itself. It’s the mental challenge that it presents that makes it difficult but effective. You must be able to predict with at least modern accuracy the actions of your opponent. That would entail an on-the-spot study of his movements. Remember that you only have one chance to do ABD effectively because once the opponent spots what you’re doing, he would quickly be committed to not allow you to predict his change of position and guard.

You should time your ABD attack when your opponent is showing signs of heaviness, be it physically or mentally. Always hide your true intentions and make that apparent only when you’re already doing the ABD.

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