3 Must Haves For Counter Attacks ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
1️⃣ – Timing  ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
When looking to counter, timing is very important.

If you chose the incorrect moment, it can work in your opponents favour.

Generally, the best time to counter is when your opponent is about to go themselves.

This split second opportunity is when they are usually fully commited to their own intentions and forget about the potential dangers for a second.

Not to mention once in motion it is extremely difficult to then adjust and change the plan, so while they are busy themselves, it’s an opportunity for you to also exploit.

With the example of countering a side kick, as your opponent lifts their toe off the tatami, this split second is generally a chance for you to counter with hands if you can close down the space. 

This leads us to another factor which is distance.⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2️⃣ –  Distance ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Distance is important for countering as you must be within range to draw the shot out of your opponent while also being at the right distance to find the space for your own counter.

Therefore we can see how the distance and timing are coupled when countering.

You need to know where you are safe and where you need to be to exploit the timing we mentioned above. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
3️⃣ – Proactivity ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
One major thing that helps with the timing and distance together in sparring is proaction.

The best counter fighters are always active.

Countering is not a lazy style. To counter effectively you need to be proactive with footwork, faints etc.

You need to be a step ahead to counter effectively!

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