How to Slip & Counter Punches – 10 Head Movements & Counters + Free Sparring Applicaion | EMA


– Hi, I’m Patrick Fulop. This is effective martial arts. In this lesson, 10 ways to counter strike
when slipping a punch and how to apply these in free sparring. Alright so slipping and countering is a great striking strategy, because you’re working
on simultaneous defense and offense. Now it’s a little bit more
advanced than blocking and countering, but a little bit more advantageous
if you can nail it right, because you’re not thrown
off balance by the impact of your opponent strikes and so you can land
with greater precision, accuracy and timing. Now it does require
little bit more practice and skill and timing to apply successfully but with training and
with the proper methods that we’re gonna show you in this video, you will eventually be able
to apply these techniques in free sparring. Now before you tackle this lesson, you should be comfortable
with the basic head movements, which we saw in detail
in a previous video. So quick recap you got your slip in, slip out, lean back, duck under in and duck under out. Now for each one of those head movements, you have two main
countering opportunities, one is simultaneous and the other one is right after. So two times five is ten possible head
movements and counters. You should also be comfortable with the basic blocks and counters which we saw previously and with basic punches and
punching combinations as well. So you can put all that together. Now, quick overview first, number one off of a jab for her
if we’re in the same stance, simultaneous jab for me as well. Number two, right after the same head movements, right after come back with
the punch with the backhand. That could be a cross, it could be a hook, could be also hook to the body or it can also be an uppercut. Next, off of a cross of her own, I slip out and simultaneous cross over here. The other one number four is right after slip out and then I can come back with a lead hook. It could be jab, could also be a hook to the body and it can also be a lead uppercut. Number five, off of the lean back, she goes here, I could do a simultaneous
front kick to the body. It could also be
simultaneous inside leg kick or simultaneous low side kick. The counter right after off the lean back is a cross right here and the modified version here is to go with a power jab. Then the last four are
from the duck under. So starting with the duck
under in of the punch comes on this side, I duck under my simultaneous
counter would be lead hook to the body and the one right after as I rise up, cross to the face over here. From the other side the same thing but with the other hand so, back hook to the body, rise up and this could be a jab, lead hook and then I can follow up with whatever combination of my choice. Now keep in mind you can also
counter off a head movements. Now with a strike but with
also with the take downs. So off of a slip, here I can slip in and go for double leg or single leg take down or I could also be off of a hook, duck under and go in for my take down. Now we saw take downs in a previous video, double leg and single leg. Check those out if you missed them. Now before we see this
techniques in more detail, let’s look at the basic principles
that are really important to make this work. First off, always use correct forms. So make sure you doing
a technique correctly from the ground up. See we have proper fighting stance and you’re nice and stable. General rule is keep your head above your feet. So when you do the slip, you don’t want your head
to go any further laterally or forward than where
your foot is over here or over here. So if I go to the side, I don’t wanna go any further off base than your expose for countering is gonna be harder to come back. So that goes forward, back, side to side. Keep your head above your feet. If you need to move more, you want to combine your
head movements with steps. So if I need them one more, just we have gonna have to
step in direction to go further so that my head remains above my feet. Same thing in the other direction, same thing leaning back and so on. Next basic principle which we’re gonna see a little bit later in the free sparring applications, is that you wanna have
continuous head movements. So always moving side to side, up, down, forward and back and random patterns so you stay one step
ahead of your opponent. If you stay still and you
wait for the punch to move, you most likely gonna react late, and you might get punched in the face. So continuous head movements is what you should be aiming for and when you see your opportunity move your line your counters. Last basic principle is what
to do after your counters. So if your strike lands, you want to pursue that
with a punching combination so long as you have the advantage. If the person evades
or blocks your counter and starts a counter of their own, you wanna be quick to retreat or cut an angle so you
get out of harms way. Now let’s look at these techniques in a little bit more detail. So number one slip in simultaneous jab. So I’m moving my head forward
adding power to my jab and that could also be a jab to the body, quick variant over here, making your shot protective, shoulder risen up to protect my chin. The countering opportunity
right after off of the slip in, I slip in over here, I see you retract your
punch and then throw a cross or it could also be a
back hook to the chin, it could also be if I stay
low and her hand stay high, I could be hook to the body and I could also be an upper cut. So here I should brings it back, I go for the upper cut
right underneath the chin. Now if you see me do it facing you, you’re gonna notice that
my head goes to the side, here for the jab simultaneous, for the cross right after I go here. Same thing for the hook to the face, hook to the body and I’m gonna stay low. And the differences for the upper cut, as I go to the side over here I’m gonna keep my head on the side and I’m gonna pivot my shoulders around the access of my
spine to land the upper cut right underneath the chin over here. Off of the slip out is very similar. Pretty much the same thing, so she throws a cross I go this way, land a cross of my own. I can also do an overhand
punch in this case, so I drop my hand and strike over here. That’s gonna be good
for a taller opponent, that can reach a little bit higher. With my overhand punch. And the countering
opportunity who right after, is I slip and then as I rise up, I could do a pivot and a jab over here. I could also do a lead hook and if I stay low I
can go hook to the body and I can still apply that uppercut when I was gonna be with the lead. So if you see me do it from the front, very similar slip out simultaneous cross, right after pivot on the front leg, jab or pivot lead hook or stay low pivot and body hook and if I go for the uppercut, I’m gonna keep my head to the side rotate my shoulders and go for that lead uppercut
right underneath the chin. Number five the lean back. So here I’m gonna be, if I wanna be wanting to lean back, I’m gonna have my head about
in line with my front foot, so it’s very easy for me to retreat, I have a long way to go backwards before I’m off balanced off this leg. The simultaneous counter as I step back and let’s step
my back foot in a little bit and then throw a lead leg
front kick to the body as she throws her punch. The variant of this would
be to do an inside leg kick over here. And I can also do a low
side kick right to the knees a little bit nasty, be careful if you’re applying
this for free sparring you can go just above the knee
to protect the knee joint. If I wanna counter right after, this one is very powerful, I’m gonna time and go back just enough, so I’m just at the extent of her reach and as she brings it back I’m gonna do a cross over
here right on her chin. The variant of this would
be to do it with a jab. So same thing lean back
over here just enough with the twist this time and come in with the step, power jab. If I do it facing you, you’ll notice, lean back here, I’m tucking my chin, if I’m gonna counter with the cross, I’m gonna do a little
bit of angle this way so, putting my body to the side and loading up my back hand and then when I come in, powerful cross will be here. And if it’s with the jab, I’m gonna do the opposite. So I’m gonna be stand this hand in front, bring this one back, twist in this direction, always maintaining my head above my feet. And when I come back, power jab right here. And lastly off of the duck under, both are very similar but depending on which leg you have in front and which side the punches coming. So for the duck under in
I’m going to this direction, the punch comes, I’m gonna move away from it to buy myself a little bit of time, duck under it, roll in
the opposite direction and sometimes I can step
with my back foot over here. That’s gonna add power to
my lead hook to the body while I’m low. Then when I rise up, I recover my fighting stance and I have an angle now to hit from the side of the chin over here. Same thing in the other directions, so as the punch comes in this direction, I move away from it, duck under it, transition on this direction and now my punch lands with my steps so adds good power, and then when I rise up, front foot over here, I have an angle for my jab and I could also be a lead hook over here. If it’s open from there, I can follow up with whatever
combination that I want. Now to be able to apply these
techniques in free sparring, you should first to be able
to do each one separately and very well. So with correct execution, and very slowly at first. So you wanna go nice and slow and be able to do each one. And then progressively increase
the pace of that technique. Be able to go fast for each
one of those techniques. Eventually you want to be
able to mix them together and that’s actually go for shadow boxing, doing a head movements
and counters on your own. When you’re ready then, we’re gonna apply it with the partner. So when you apply it with a partner, the first step is to
do head movements only. So we’re gonna start just with one. So you’re just gonna do a jab and I slip the jab. Jab. Jab. When I’m ready to do this, we’ll go through all five. So lets a cross, slip out, lean back, off of whatever punch lean back could be off of a jab, a cross, or a hook here or even an uppercut. Right. Duck under is gonna be for the hook. So it goes this way. And the other way here. Now when you’re ready and
you’re good with each one of those head movements separately, you’re gonna start mixing them together. So we’re gonna start
with just jab or cross. I don’t know which one is coming, I go in the right direction, depending on which punch she’s throwing, I need to pick my direction here. Then you integrate slip in or slip out or duck unders. I don’t know if it’s a hook I go duck, if it’s a hook I duck. If it’s a slip, here. Slip, here. Seeing to test your reaction time. Now to be a good partner, a good rule of thumb, is you should be aiming to
land about 20% of your strikes. So your partner needs to be successful about 80% of the time. If you’re throwing punches
and then just not slipping, you just hitting him every time, and they’re not having time to reach, you’re going to fast. You need to slow yourself down and allow your partner to have time to think about his technique
and do the proper technique. So that’s something that
takes time for beginners. Okay you need to condition yourself and go slowly so your
brain has time to process the new information. But if you maintain that 20%, 80 20 ratio, the person is gonna be
successful most of the time but still challenged and you’re gonna be able to
increase your skills that way. Once you’re able to do all
the head movements together with random punches, don’t know which one is coming, and you’re slipping in the right
direction most of the time, you don’t wanna move back for this. You wanna stay stationary and force yourself to just
use the head movements so that you focus on that
part of your training. Here, once you’re able to do that, we’re gonna introduce the counters. So again one technique at a time. So for instance, the slip in, it’s good if you have focus
mitts for that or pads but you can also use your hands very well if you don’t have any. So, slip in, she makes a target with her back hand and I slip and counter
and hit her hand like this right next to her face. Slip out, target over here, same thing over here. Lean back same thing here. Counter here. And you do that for
each one of the punches, slowly and then faster and faster. Eventually same thing,
you can mix them together, so you don’t know which punch and she always makes
the appropriate target. The next step is gonna be to actually practice your precision, on a human body. So, she will do one punch at a time and not attempt to block it. Just stay there. So I can practice the
precision of my strike and actually touch the target. Now for detail tutorial on how to exactly control your
techniques in free sparring, check out our safe sparring videos gonna show you the method. But essentially I just stop
my strike at the surface, so I slip in, and then I’m gonna touch
her chin but very lightly. Just basically touching. Slip out, same thing here. Duck under on this side, I just touch and touch. And she doesn’t attempt
to block my counter. That way I can practice my precision and practice my ability to
control at the same time. When you’re able to do that pretty well and mixing all the punches together, here so here counter here, here counter here, duck under, counter here. And you don’t know which punch is coming and you can execute your
counter with good control and decent speed, then she will start blocking
my countering attempt. So I slip, boom and she blocks this
one or evades that one. Here and she blocks our slips. There we go, so we’re both practicing. But she’s always the initiator and she’s not countering my counter. Here and here. There we go. So that allows you to see
what the defense would be for your basic punches. And when you’re ready, you’re gonna do the head movements, counter, she can block and then she
can counter the counter. So she’s always gonna initiate. Let’s say with a jab, slip, I block but then she counters so I need to step out of the way. So that practices your head movements and then retreat or creating an angle. So she hits, boom I strikes, she re-hits again, I get out of the way. But she’s always the initiator. Here and I get out. Here boom, boom. There we go. Nice and you’re able to do that. So that’s we’re getting much
closer to free sparring. And the last step is
essentially to do free sparring, starting with punches only. So now we can both initiate, here, we can punch, we can block. And we can apply a head movements. Always applying the same level of control, there we go. Creating our angles with our steps and always using only, mostly head movements
but I can block as well. My hands are there just in case. There we go. And when we’re ready we can
integrate kicks as well. So here, she can punch or kick. Applying my constant head movements. There we go. Always safe. So we’re not feeling danger. We trust each other. There we go. Strike lands but not too much power. There we go. Just like that. So there we have it guys. You’re basic technique. So head movements and counters and the progression to be able
to drill them individually with the partner and all
the way up to free sparring. So, take your time with this, be safe really. Have a collaborative
mindset with your partner and with time you will
be able to apply these in a real fight if you need to. So we have a lot of fun
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27 thoughts on “How to Slip & Counter Punches – 10 Head Movements & Counters + Free Sparring Applicaion | EMA

  1. I prefer to bend the waist less on the slipping, and turning my hips a bit more (so, on the end, the head moves the same) My personal preference : )

  2. these only work if you have SPEEEEED – which means practising until you start dreaming about counters in your sleep.

  3. I suggest to make short videos ,Rather than long ones , to follow your instructions perfectly, because your videos are full of steps and need time to follow and practice.

  4. I love ur channel.
    U don't teach styles just what is effective in fighting, u remind me Bruce Lee When he said absorb what is useful discard what is useless.

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