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#136498 - 05/18/05 12:10 AM Re: Footwork: The single most important aspect of [Re: DBZInspired]
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Ok Here A good question Can you win a fight with footwork alone?(Don't include kicking for thoughs who try to be smart).



Why yes you can. Just a small example of this, Mr Miyagi in the Karate kid.
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#136499 - 05/20/05 06:52 AM Re: Footwork: The single most important aspect of [Re: Chen Zen]
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In my opinion foot work main purpose is to acquire ultimate BALANCE in any position. Its not how fast you can evade a punch with your foot work its if you can evade a punch and still have complete balance because the punch usually hits you when your off balance. By practicing foot work the better or faster you become the more balance you will need to control your foot work.
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#136500 - 05/31/05 09:46 AM Re: Footwork: The single most important aspect of [Re: DBZInspired]
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Ok Here A good question Can you win a fight with footwork alone?(Don't include kicking for thoughs who try to be smart).




Define "win". Offensively, if you extend footwork to include leg buckles, leg traps, and leg checks, I would say yes. Having your opponent fall face first on concrete or hyper-extending his knee may be enough to let him know that if things do get more serious, he could get hurt badly.

Defensively, I would think that it would have to affect someone psycologically if everytime they tried to hit you, you simply were not there. After a while, I think they would realize they were in over their head and may want to reconsider. Checking all his movement before he can get off his attacks may discourage him enough to make them give up.

So yeah, it could feasibly win the fight for you.
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#136501 - 05/31/05 01:48 PM Re: Footwork: The single most important aspect of [Re: DBZInspired]
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Quote by DBZInspired -

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Ok Here A good question Can you win a fight with footwork alone?(Don't include kicking for thoughs who try to be smart).




I'm sorry to inform you, but you really can not seperate footwork from kicks. Kicks are merely extensions of footwork.

The common front kick is really just a normal step, extended and pushed forward.

The sidekick is really just a side-step, raised and extended, etc.

And so on.

If you mean to ask if a fight can be won strictly by using defense, that is another question.
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#136502 - 06/07/05 08:19 AM Re: Footwork: The single most important aspect of [Re: DBZInspired]
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Ok Here A good question Can you win a fight with footwork alone?(Don't include kicking for thoughs who try to be smart).




Must have been a good question to have been referenced so many times.

I have seen footwork win the fight many times. The classic example was Mohammad Ali. His no non-sense hit and fade tactics had him punching one minute and circling the guy the next.

Another great martial arts clip I have seen protrays Dog Brother Eric Knaus (Top Dog) in a full contact stick match strike his opponent behind the knee ( while dodgin a pre-emptive shot...foot work on this motion was brilliant) and fade away before the other guy could do anything.

Footwork can make all the difference in the world and can go along way to controlling the fight. Has footwork ever won the fight on it's own...I think if you could properly manuever your opponnent into oncomming traffic during rush hour...got a good chance of winning that one.

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#136503 - 06/07/05 01:39 PM Re: Footwork: The single most important aspect of [Re: kroh]
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Footwork is very important for me (including kicks as a part of "footwork"). I can't always compete against the guys when it comes to punches, but my kicks can help make things more equal. I don't have as much power/physical strength as a man would, so I need to make sure that what I do have as a strength has to be the best it possible can me (I don't say perfect b/c 1) I am far from that 2) nothing is ever perfect).
Also, considering others, if you are not solid on your feet, executing whatever, then what you did probably won't be delivered as effectively if your footwork had been strong.
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#136504 - 06/29/05 03:01 PM Re: Footwork: The single most important aspect of [Re: DBZInspired]
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Ok Here A good question Can you win a fight with footwork alone?(Don't include kicking for thoughs who try to be smart).



Well, if you have good footwork and endurance, you could just evade all their attacks and tire them out till they can't fight and you win by default.
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#136505 - 06/29/05 03:36 PM Re: Footwork: The single most important aspect of [Re: joeyxsama]
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footwork can win a fight. lure them into areas where when they miss you, the environment punishes them, i.e. punching a locker (that was my favorite tactic in HS)
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#136506 - 08/03/05 09:47 PM Re: Footwork: The single most important aspect of [Re: Chen Zen]
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Footwork (i.e. running) as you talk about it is important to those who don't want to have their hair messed up in a fight. You cannot avoid getting hit, taken down, or thrown through footwork alone. Footwork is usually coupled with bobbing and weaving and feinting and grabbing and parrying and blocking and stop kicks and punches and kicks. Thinking you can dodge and avoid every attempted offense towards your person is ludicrous.

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#136507 - 08/07/05 12:18 AM Re: Footwork: The single most important aspect of [Re: cinattra]
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While all of the things you listed are often coupled with footwork, non of them are effective without it.
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