Street Fighting Concept Part 1 – Defense First Then Offense

The first class I attended was in a very tough school in the Dominican Republic. Watching students fight, I immediately thought something was wrong. In the karate I observed, one opponent punched, the other took the punch in the stomach and responded with another punch to the opponent’s chest. It made no sense. Block. Counter. Why learn how to block if you don’t block? As a kid I fought the biggest guys. I won simply because I blocked. When I attacked a mule with a stick, the mule would kick out… hard. I would drop my body back and counter with the stick, this is how I would train my reactions. We created worldwide recognition in the early 1980s by teaching some of the best fighters how to sharply counter attack. During those years, I taught street fighters to compete. The techniques were effective and made sense to my students.

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