Basic Cover Everyone Should Know In A Street Fight

Basic Cover Everyone Should Know In A Street Fight


(rhythmic breathing) – Basic cover everyone should know. Now this is a common
question that I get from you, so I’m making this video based on that. (upbeat music) Now with the basic cover,
we talked about this. Personally, I’m not a big
fan of this type of defense. It’s only as a last resort, because if you think about it, here as Jack is protecting himself, he’s in a more defensive position. In Jeet Kune Do, Bruce Lee’s martial art, it’s the preferred way
of intercepting fist. Either we hit first, or
we intercept the opponent. This is when something happens. Let’s say he’s punching, boom, boom, boom, and then something, I
slip it, and then, oh. Boom, he has to block. So this is not the first solution, not the first thing we want to do. It’s the last thing we want to do. But it just happens, maybe
Jack is walking down the street and suddenly, someone jumped on him. Oh shit! He doesn’t have time to
react or maybe do a jab. He just has to, holy
shit, something happens. ‘Cause if I’m walking down and somebody’s attacking me, oh shit! Right, it’s natural reaction. So use that and understand this is not the first thing we try to do. Now, there are some martial arts styles, not good or bad, just, that’s
what they like to do first. I like to do that as,
but we want to train, you want to train when
you’re totally prepared, you wanna train when you’re
kind of semi-prepared and you wanna train when
you’re totally unprepared. So, basic cover. So let me walk you through that, okay? Now with Jack, he has about three years of Thai Boxing experience. The cover that you do within the boxing or kickboxing scenario, it’s a little bit different than street. Here’s why. Assuming this is the glove, so when Jack is doing
the cover, say the face, or the head, right? This is very typical,
you can see the stance. You can see, facing camera. You can see that, right? From here you’ve got a big freaking glove. Boom, boom, his shoulder. It’s good, but on the
street, here’s what happens. His target is much, much
smaller and my target is much. So the same stuff, you
see, this goes through. You see that this goes through. And also, I could hit with a
palm strike to his forehead. This will shock him too, so he has to take that into consideration. This, if a big glove, this would block, but if I have this, this
might still go through. Jack, you can see it?
– Yes. – So there’s that danger. So in the street, you need to modify it. Now, what I want you to
do, Jack, it’s just you, instead of doing a fist,
you do a cover like that. Oh yeah, cover it more like that. You can see the angle here is harder to get through. See that? And also, you can see
that as he turns, this, look at me, see, look at my bone. From here, when I turn,
you see how this is bigger? It gives you a little bit more coverage. So it gives you a little
bit more coverage. You go back the old way,
little bit less coverage. You see that? Again, see how there’s
more coverage, right? Do the same way here. Now, I talk about this
in my previous video. You want to watch that,
click on the I icon. If he’s the front, if I’m
doing a hook punch, boom. I’m doing hook punch, boom. I’m doing hook punch, boom, it’s okay. Now the front, you don’t really
want to block it this way. Like, do it this way. You don’t really want
to block it this way. Why don’t you want to block it that way? Jack, why don’t you
want to block it, Jason? – Because it moves and you’re
in a more passive position. – Yeah, when you do that.
– You’re pretty much stuck. – You also left all
this at the bottom open. – This is all open. Any guy that is good,
they could just, boom, or maybe, he might set you up. That’s a very common JKD combination. So when you want to do this,
you still block the same way as the street, the jab
coming in, the difference is, you are now trying to
do it with the elbow. Hit them with the elbow. Again, not the ideal situation
because they might miss. They might hit your funny
bone and it hurts like hell. Good thing is, if they don’t miss, if he doesn’t miss, right, I hit him higher, he would break my knuckle. So instead of trying
to block it like this, you would do it side-to-side. Yes, side-to-side, see that? If I’m doing a hook punch, right, do it side-to-side, okay? Let’s try that first, then I’ll give you how to improve this. So Jason, what I want
you to do, just palm. – Palm, okay.
– Palm, and let him cover. Slow, slow, slow. Yep, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. Slow, slow, yeah. Little bit forward pressure. Not super easy to get in, right? – Exactly. Yeah and then vice versa, you try, Jason. You try that, so make
sure when you cover, yeah. Make sure you cup that, catch his palm. Yeah, that’s good, that’s good. Don’t hit the body yet. Now you can see that. So it would look something
like this if you’re moving. You don’t stay in the same place. You’re blocking, blocking. Something happens, oh shit, boom, boom. Now, common mistake, Jason’s anticipating. He’s going out. That gives him much here. Do that again. See how much opening? How many in the center? Right, so cover. You don’t want any space
between here and there because if someone hits
hard, what happens? – You’ll hit yourself.
– You’ll knock yourself out. – You’ll hit yourself, so tight, tight. I’ll give you a little bit, right? Yes, yes, the other side. Boom, boom, boom. Too much. You cover like that, okay? Now try it again. So you find a partner and
you practice this way. Then level two, once you get good at it, again, after months of practice, now you want to do it
with a neutral position. So you’re from here, so try that now. You’ll be the attacker. So Jack, I want you to relax. You just throw two punches, let’s say the front and
then a hook, that’s it. So a front and a hook. But Jack would be from totally neutral. I don’t want this, just neutral. So just front, boom, boom. Boom, yes. Boom, boom. Now we’re not taking
into the consideration where someone might throw a punch, but they might hook to the body. We’re not taking that,
that’s why I don’t like this cause anyone that’s good, this shot, they could break your ribs. And someone, any boxers,
they do a hook, boom. It’s very normal, uppercut,
so that’s that problem. Now, to eliminate, not eliminate, to reduce the risk of that
when you are doing this, so first, you do it just like that, second, neutral position second level, third, while you’re doing this,
I want you to move forward. So as Jason’s doing that,
so boom, actually close in. ‘Cause see now, who’s, give me an elbow right there, right Jack? Elbow, boom. Now it’s an attack. So don’t do this as a
defense, do it as an attack. Boom, boom, boom, right? Do it, do it. So it will look something
like, try that, try that. Boom, yes. Try again. Yes. So it will look, if, let’s say, palming, palming me, palming me, yeah, palming me, palming me. See, these punches coming,
I’m covering myself. Watch, it looks something like this Okay, try again. See now, quickly I want
to turn him into defense. Do it very slow. Boom, see that? Boom, Boom. Assume you’re an attacker. Just think about attacking, right? So I’m boom, boom, boom. Right, see this stuff? Slow, slow, see what I did? So Jack was coming, he’s here, boom. This stuff, this stuff,
this stuff, this stuff. See this stuff, this stuff? So slow, boom, I’m packing, packing here. Attacking, attacking,
attacking, then stop. So but if I’m here, he’s hitting me, like fuck, I’m taking all these shots. I’m in a very defensive position. But if he comes in, come on, see, now here, right? Right there. So that’s how you cover. So it’s not so much a technique, it’s when you’re doing
it, you’re going forward. As I’m going in, slow, very
slow, I’m going forward. Right, right? And then now I can go
back to doing my stuff. So a few other differences, Jason. As Jason is attacking me, I’m defensive. Just do that, right? Versus, again. Now back to my Wing Chun stuff or JKD. Basic cover, so practice this first, and then practice from neutral, and then just attack. So the first beats that I
see, I’m gonna see a blur. You’re not gonna see a
clear fist, fuck that shit. You’re gonna see a blur. All I see is a blur. I don’t know, something, I’m going. I know his fist is here,
his body is somewhere here. I’m just gonna get hit first. When he is off-balance, he can’t hit me. When I’m off-balance, he can hit me any time, all day long. I know yeah, I might eat a little bit. I get some, he’s gonna get some. And in this position, it’s
all throat, now back to that. So it’s a split of the second. One more time, he comes in. That’s what it should look
like, with the rhythm. So that’s the basic cover
everyone should know. (upbeat music) (rhythmic breathing) Bruce Lee’s five ways of attack. Attack by combination. Straight lead and hook punch and backfist and the straight kick and
lead kick and side kick and hook kick and all these kicks. You’ve got it down, you’ve practiced thousands and thousands of times. Now of course, as Bruce Lee said, you think a fight is one kick or one punch until you know how to
put everything together. – You think, you still do not understand. – Wait, I did it, didn’t I? – You think a fight is one blow, one kick, until you can put combinations together without even thinking. – Keep practicing, do it slow. Don’t try to elbow your friend in the ribs and the throat. You probably won’t have many friends left. That’s not good. Enjoy the training, practice safe. Train hard but train safe. Make sure you hit the subscribe button. Turn on the bell. Watch my other videos on the left. Make sure, check that
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