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All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.

How do you deceive someone? You deceive them by making them assume you are doing one thing, and then you do another. Or wait for them to assume you’re going to deceive them and then don’t.

Throw a standard technique like a front kick and land it. Impact causes your opponent to pay attention. Then start a second front kick and when the opponent starts to respond to that technique, spin your hips and turn the front kick into a roundhouse kick. People can be trained to expect that front kick because they’re looking out for you initiating it and assume that’s what it’s going to be. The roundhouse kick lands because they’re not tracking that kick all the way through its flight path.

But I hope that’s not all you do. I see you weighted on your back leg, and now I’m assuming all you want to do is to use your legs. Okay, let’s go back to square one, and let’s train to throw kicks after you land a few hand strikes. You see, it’s hard to concentrate on someone’s kicks when that person is trying to knock your nose off. So you need to look like you’re going to punch your opponent – put the fear of pain in him. So when you train, you need to fire kicks from a position where you can hit someone with your fist. So put your weight on your front leg and keep your hands up. And that thing where you lean back and drop your hands during the kick? Stop doing that. Yes, do the kick with your hands are up. Maybe even do the kick while bobbing your head down. When you get to this point, you need to start looking at other targets aside from your opponent’s ribs and head. Why? Because everyone thinks you’re aiming for those areas, of course.

When you get your opponent to the point where he doesn’t know what’s coming? Punch him in the nose!

Leaving you with a video to watch. Enjoy.

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