For the next move in our Richard Bustillo’s JKD Techniques series, begin with you and your opponent standing in a left-leg-lead stance. He attacks with a lead-leg front kick, which you intercept by thrusting your left hand into his closest shoulder, thus disrupting his momentum. At the same time, you avoid what’s left of his kick and trap his foot to keep him off-balance, Bustillo says.
“Once you get the kick, you step to your left so your left leg is positioned behind his right leg,” he says. “Then you slide your foot and sweep him to the floor. Once he’s down, you hook his left ankle with your right arm. Your left hand checks his knee as your right hand locks onto your left wrist.”
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You can finish the encounter at this point by executing an Achilles lock on his left leg. Alternatively, you can turn him onto his stomach, using your right foot to push against his butt for added rotational power. “Then you step across his back with your right leg,” Bustillo says. “Once he’s on his stomach, you exert pressure against his ankle and knee.”
One possible drawback to using this JKD-inspired response is that you have to expose your body to your opponent in order to accept and trap his kick, Bustillo says. “You have to be skilled and confident enough to jam his left shoulder to prevent the kick from coming in at full strength.”