Lately, I’ve had quite a few questions about the Switch Step – also sometimes called the Skip Step.

The movement is prolific in fighting styles, in that the Switch Step quickly allows for a change of the fighting stance (from dominant side to non-dominant side and vice versa), as well as, providing a subtle change of direction or angle. However, in self-defense, specifically where the defender is engaged and attached (or very close) to the attacker, a Switch Step (as is practiced most frequently) is often a risky proposition. The reason is simple – a Switch Step often causes a subtle fading or movement away from the attacker. This can create issues in distance, timing, spacing, and initiative.

In the video below, I’ll describe how to use a Switch Step (or Skip Step if you prefer) during a self-defense effort. Pay close attention as to how you can utilize the Switch Step without losing momentum, initiative, space, or time. And, as always, walk in peace…

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  1. Ali Bildi

    thank you, your statements are very nice