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The technique demonstrated is a general cover used to crash an opponents attack. The initial closing period in a fight is one of the most dangerous times when a well-placed hit or lucky shot can that determine the outcome.
By utilising a well structured cover and entry posture we can reduce the chances of being hit effectively and increase the probability of closing to an advantageous position. This technique demonstrated, the "Cage Cover", provides us with a simple and effective means to accomplish the initial close so that we can mount a decisive counter-attack.
Here we have illustrated it with a simulated flurry attack. In training we use straight punches or circular punches executed in both formal boxing combinations and wild street-fighting swings and flurries.
The counter-attack demonstrated is a simple, fast and effective elbow, combination used when the opponent is driven into a wall, cage fence or even up against a car(some form of barrier}, depending on the situation that it is being used in. It could then be further followed up with knees, leg kicks or stomps.
(1) Always train at a slow pace to begin with, then gradually increase the speed and level of risk.
(2) Use only 50% power to start with increasing the level of force as you and your training partner become more proficient .
(3) Ensure that you have a good pair of MMA or boxing gloves to maximise safety during training. Remember injuries reduce training time.
(4) Train the method (a) with the opponent coming forward to attack you and (b) you going forward into the opponents attack.
(5) Use the technique transitionally,i.e. don't put the cover in place before your opponent attacks or before you go towards the opponent; do it as the opponent attacks or as you enter their striking zone.
We also encourage you to implement and experiment , as the real fight situation is a very dynamic and chaotic event.
By using a general, structure based, high success probability technique, such as this, you will greatly increase your chances of closing effectively on your opponent.
The Team at UltimateFightingSystems.com