Attacking through Drawing: Showing Weakness to Unleash a Strength

Jeet Kune Do has five ways of attack. These are the single direct attack, attack by combination, attack by drawing, progressive indirect attack, and the hand immobilization attack. In this post, we will talk about the third form of attack which is the attack by drawing.

Understanding the four ways of attack is easy because they are pretty straightforward. The problem is in attack by drawing because it is very open to misinterpretations and limitations. What I’m saying is that traditionally, attack by drawing is understood as drawing an opponent towards you by feigning an opening. It’s a method of baiting that is employed as a means of counterattack. If you look closely, the five methods of attack is reduced to four because now, attack by drawing becomes a counterattack.

See why it’s misleading? If you’ve been believing such understanding, then it’s time to change your perception. Attack by drawing does not mean “drawing in” an opponent – period. Rather, it’s about drawing in an opponent to attack through an opening, and drawing out the attack by faking. For example, if you fake a high punch then your opponent would respond to it by doing a block or a parry, right? Then you have done an attack by drawing as a method of drawing out an attack. This way, it’s an offensive method.

At this point, you may already be confused as to the use of the word “faking” because it is an element also employed in a progressive indirect attack. But since here, it is viewed as creating a false attack that creates an anticipated defense from an opponent, then “faking” is to be used more appropriately in attack by drawing.

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