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Old 02-27-2013, 10:30 AM   #1
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Do you use broken rhythm & feinting in your stand up?

I think these two standup aspects are very important, and are missing in MMA striking. When I took JKD classes long ago, these were heavily emphisised. Both are used to force your opponent to "fight your fight". Machida uses it all the time in his fights, and it is one of the reasons why he is such a match up nightmare. Yes, alot of it has to do with his "elusiveness". But the main reason is his feinting and broken rhythm. He will bounce lightly up and down, then suddenly stomp his foot down and raise his arms to mess with you, and to get you to react. He will jerk his head forward suddenly and not comitt to anything, then you get frustrated and charge forward. Boxers do it all the time too. Point TMA fighters as well. The toughest guy I have ever sparred with doesn't it constantly to the point that I am thrown completely off of my game.

So my question is (and I know I am rambling out of my ass somewhat) is do you use broken rhythm & feinting?

Any of your favorite fighters use it?

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Edit: the first 15 seconds of this TKD video illustrate what I am talking about. These two guys spend the first 15 seconds feeling each other out, breaking rhythm and feinting:


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Old 02-27-2013, 10:45 AM   #2
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I think Broken Rhythm and striking power are two sides of the same coin. Without broken rhythm, it is harder to land a power shot. Without powerful striking, your opponent won't respect you and respond to your feints.

Generally, a clean shot can really hurt a much larger person. Once your striking is strong enough to hurt someone, broken rhythm is an important aspect because it is an element that lets you apply your mind along with your body against your opponent. You need that to overcome larger and stronger people usually.

I use it all the time the best I can.

I think the reason why you don't see it in MMA striking is because MMA striking is usually on a low level. What I think is interesting to watch is a technically good striker being outwitted by someone using broken rhythm. It rarely gets to that point though because what you usually have is a technically bad brawler running face first into basic strikes. Against the technically bad brawler, broken rhythm isn't as effective because he isn't smart enough to detect the feint - all he knows is that if you move and he survives it, he should rush you. Sense a feint and a strike draw the same reaction every time, you might as well just punch the guy in the face. If you are clean and simple, you will overcome without broken rhythm.

If those clean and simple strikes hurt him, he may become afraid of you - making his response to both your feint and your strike cowering. If that is the case, sometimes feinting to draw out the cover and then hitting the opening can help you win faster.

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Old 02-27-2013, 10:53 AM   #3
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The broken rhythm aspect is definetly interesting and machida is the first one I can think of in mma using this tactic. And obviously very good at it.

Anyone have any boxers that use this? Id love to watch it in a higher level boxing context

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Old 02-27-2013, 11:05 AM   #4
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that is not broken rythm , that is an illustration of feinting and hard feinting , i didnt watch the whole fight , but i didnt see not one example of broken rythm , maybe some change in tempo , but thats it

broken rythym is when the motion is halted or delayed and then resumed at a faster or slower speed , it is used to draw a counter , or to get the opponent to react to a different motion before you complete the attack

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Old 02-27-2013, 11:08 AM   #5
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most guys fight the same for the most part, w/obv differences being in size-skill-body type-phys ability; but most people in large part follow the same general blueprint in regards to when..how..and what situations they attack/counter/def.

So fighting in a rhythm or pace atypical to what you see 99% of the time is a huge adv as it makes it hard for a guy to really set things up, initiate things, or counter things because your doing things unevenly or unexpectedly. MACHIDA-JARDINE are two guys who whole career was made off of broken timing-awkward striking.

i use it alot, the only thing people credit me w/striking wise is the fact i am a)awkward in how i move and b)have a weird timing/rhythm; also i have broken rhythm in how i strike in that i go long periods just def..moving and then pot shot (after they get to used to me moving or baiting them w/no offense) or maybe long perieds of letting someone be off, then countering late (when they get lazy or too used to me not firing back).

It works esp well given my generally limited offensive toolset, yet i hit guys alot more than a guy who has my skillset and phys ability should; all due to timing, my ability to figure theirs and their inability to get mine because of off beat striking. Everyone who seen me spar in person or on video assume that i wouldn't touch them or get away from anything they do; because i don't seem particularly dynamic or skilled, an everyone is always shocked at how much they don't hit me (the way they want) and how clean i hit them when i actually throw. Not how hard, cus i ain't a big hitter lol.

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Against the technically bad brawler, broken rhythm isn't as effective because he isn't smart enough to detect the feint - all he knows is that if you move and he survives it, he should rush you. Sense a feint and a strike draw the same reaction every time, you might as well just punch the guy in the face. If you are clean and simple, you will overcome without broken rhythm.
Beautiful post. In my experiene, the bad brawler will react to the feint, but not in the way you expect him too. He will react, but still my barrel forward out of frustration. Broken rhythm is most effective against someone who knows what he is doing. For example, If I feint with A, I expect my teamate/opponent to react with B, because we are both intelligent fighters. I then will counter with C, but he may expect C and attack with D. I know that he might expect C and use D, so I will offset D with E etc etc.

A good example of this is when I used to play Tekken Tag back in the day at the arcade. The button mashers/ beginners were always hard to fight against because they were so random and would not bite on any traps, because they were too stupid to do so.

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Old 02-27-2013, 11:23 AM   #7
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I think Broken Rhythm and striking power are two sides of the same coin. Without broken rhythm, it is harder to land a power shot. Without powerful striking, your opponent won't respect you and respond to your feints.

Generally, a clean shot can really hurt a much larger person. Once your striking is strong enough to hurt someone, broken rhythm is an important aspect because it is an element that lets you apply your mind along with your body against your opponent. You need that to overcome larger and stronger people usually.

I use it all the time the best I can.

I think the reason why you don't see it in MMA striking is because MMA striking is usually on a low level. What I think is interesting to watch is a technically good striker being outwitted by someone using broken rhythm. It rarely gets to that point though because what you usually have is a technically bad brawler running face first into basic strikes. Against the technically bad brawler, broken rhythm isn't as effective because he isn't smart enough to detect the feint - all he knows is that if you move and he survives it, he should rush you. Sense a feint and a strike draw the same reaction every time, you might as well just punch the guy in the face. If you are clean and simple, you will overcome without broken rhythm.

If those clean and simple strikes hurt him, he may become afraid of you - making his response to both your feint and your strike cowering. If that is the case, sometimes feinting to draw out the cover and then hitting the opening can help you win faster.
this is so wrong , its exact opposite of what you are stating here , im not trying to be argumentative , but it is for that precise reason that broken rythym steps and tactics were made , so they can be used on a brawler or counter fighter , it just depends on which one you use .

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that is not broken rythm , that is an illustration of feinting and hard feinting , i didnt watch the whole fight , but i didnt see not one example of broken rythm , maybe some change in tempo , but thats it

broken rythym is when the motion is halted or delayed and then resumed at a faster or slower speed , it is used to draw a counter , or to get the opponent to react to a different motion before you complete the attack
this sounds about right

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Old 02-27-2013, 11:29 AM   #9
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A good example of this is when I used to play Tekken Tag back in the day at the arcade. The button mashers/ beginners were always hard to fight against because they were so random and would not bite on any traps, because they were too stupid to do so.
Yeah, that's right on. The same thing is true in Soul Cal. Power block - light light heavy over and over to beat the button mashers.

I did a lot of stick sparring before I ever got interested in kick boxing. I had this move that worked like a charm on the experienced people. I'd do a fencing like stab at the belly, knowing they would parry it to the side. Then I'd just roll my wrist over into an overhand strike. One day a new guy came to sparring and I thought I'd use the move on him. He just stabs himself on my stick and hits me across the face about as hard as he could, so after 2 years of kali a n00b walks in an hammers me down.

Honestly, I think fighting beginners or "less skilled" people is really important, provided you can let them be themselves, because it fixes the impractical fancy mess of whatever crap you have been learning and teachers you about using different styles for different people.

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Old 02-27-2013, 11:31 AM   #10
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Yes, to both.

I got into the habit of broken rhythm when first learning drills. Everyone always performs their drills at the same speed and I thought it was a disservice to my partners, so I'd drill with completely different speeds and break combination drills with unexpected pauses.

After that, it just became part of how I think about fighting.

I think everyone who's done this martial arts thing for a while uses feints.

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