Attack By Combination (ABC)

Attack by Combination, or ABC, can be defined as a series of two or more attacking actions, usually thrown to more than one target area, which flow from one to the next in a well-planned, natural sequence.

ABC actions are basically “set-ups,” their primary objective being to maneuver the opponent into such a position or create such an opening that the final blow or series of blows will find a vulnerable target and score cleanly. In any ABC, all of the actions may be blows intended to land, or some of them may be feints designed to draw a specific reaction such as a block or a parry, thereby opening another area for attack.

All of the basic principles which apply to single attacks also apply to combination attacks, including such things as maintaining perfect body control and balance, eliminating all wide and unnecessary movements, and keeping yourself well-covered while attacking. However, when using any form of ABC, there are three major principles that you should keep in mind with regards to the combination of weapons and/or motions that you use:-- 

1) Use motions that are economical. By using motions that don't require extreme changes in your ready position and major preparatory motions you'll reduce the risk of your being countered.

2) Use movements which fit together naturally and smoothly without major gaps during which the opponent can escape or counter-attack you.

3) Evaluate the combinations you use terms of facilitating a quick recovery to your ready position, and being able to defend yourself from where you end up or are going to end up. Does it leave you vulnerable at the end? Or bring you back to a good on-guard position and ready to continue your attack or defend as necessary?

The position of your opponent, his physical condition and his weaknesses are all considerations in determining which attack to use. The type of combination you use may also depend upon the range you are at in relation to the opponent. For example, you might use a deep, penetrative combination if you're at long range,  or a short, fast combination if you're in close range.