FMA - Angling/wrapping hit drill
This is a little angling drill that we’ve been working on to avoid a linear clash at long range. This type of approach can be used in getting past a rigid forward defense, or can be used defensively to slip a linear attack. The goal is to counter by having hits wrap around your opponent’s guard. If you can hit him behind the ear, you’ve done well.
In this instance, we were working on an entry to the open side, and maintaining long range. If you are going to the open side, this is generally advisable because by going in too close, your opponent can engage with his secondary weapons. This could be punches with his non-stick hand, kicks, grabs, etc.
This same type of approach can be used as entry to your opponent’s closed/blind side. This is actually preferrable if you can get it. From there, you can either launch your shots from largo, or move in to check and control aggressively. The technique demonstrated actually works nicely in attaining this goal of blind side entry in that if you go to the open side and score on him several times, he will tend to turn that way to defend. From there, his back is exposed, making the closed side entry all the easier.
YouTube - LESKAS - Wrapping hits at largo