Tail wags for your very kind words in the thread about the seminar
Good to see you thinking about this. A couple of points to help you get started:
As I announced in the beginning of day one, (and discuss more fully in our "Kali Tudo 3" DVD no one structure beats all other structures. EVERY structure has potential strengths and potential weakness. IMHO the Kali Tudo striking game can be very dominating on the high line. Usually this is what we seek to impose, though of course we may craftily lay a trap or two along the way to set up other things as well
There are two potential areas of weakness in the KT high line striking game.
1) Wrestling type shoots (single leg, double leg, ankle picks, things of that sort). This is why I brought in MMA wrestling coach Kenny Johnson as co-instructor on KT 3-- to make sure we have the basics of a good MMA sprawl and some sound follow ups. Is the sprawl the only answer to the shoot? Not in my humble opinion
but surely the sprawl needs to be part of our repertoire.
2) Expanding upon your point, there is the matter of the good front leg. There ARE people in MMA who do have a good front leg. For example, think of the Randy Couture vs. Brandon Vera fight (which I would have scored for Vera btw, but I digress). I think we can all agree that Couture has a formidable closing game, but Vera was able to repeatedly nail him with discouraging switch kicks to the liver region.
As I explained in my opening discussion of the KT we were not going to discuss this particular portion of things during this particular seminar-- there is only so much that can be covered in two days (In this case, in addition to the Kali Tudo we had Krabi Krabong, Dos Triques, Los Triques, double stick foundation skill sets, and single stick fighting combinations as well as Kali Tudo.) so I limited the Kali Tudo instruction to showing how to achieve the dominance on the high line.
From what you write about the Dracula, I am not sure if you are clear about which hand is doing the Dracula (correctly done it initiates from a matched lead and is done front hand vs. front forearm as the first point of contact) or maybe you are thinking about the variations where the other hand is in the high caveman chamber-- which does uncover the ribs. I have explored exactly this question with some of my Muay Thai friends (a former pro now turned coach and two seasoned amateur fighters both at Muay Thai/Boxing Works gym in Hermosa Beach.
The various solutions to your question are a mix of footwork, timing (both of him and of when we raise to the High Caveman) and in the use of other KT combinations if the front leg is presenting a problem. For example, you may remember we had the Zirconia Variations and an example of the Sheering Variations.
There are others as well.
The Adventure continues!