Monday, 16 June 2008

Dealing with Different Ranges of Combat

Kicking range, punching range, clinch, ground fighting etc. These are just a few ranges of combat. Everyone has one range which they are most skilled at and which they prefer there fighting to take place. Boxers obviously favour punching ranges, Thai boxers work well in the clinch, Teakwondo fighters nearly always try and stay within kicking range and grapplers like taking the fight to the floor.

Because everyone likes fighting within a certain range a lot of the times we try and “look” for that range during sparring or competition. By this I mean we try and get within that range because it suites our preference. This should be avoided as sometimes it can turn out for the worst.

For instance, a grappler who is always trying to take the fight to the floor may try countless attempts at shoots or tackles. Against another grappler who will not strike back, that is ok, but against a seasoned Mauy Thai fighter who will use his knees and elbows when given the chance, this could prove disastrous for the grappler. Or maybe a preferred kicker may constantly try to get within a long kicking range. Whilst backing away from his/her opponent, the kicker may find that there opponent is a great puncher who is hurdling towards them throwing fast and powerful shots which land and do damage.

As mentioned, everyone has a range which they feel most comfortable in but one of the worst things to do is to constantly try and get within that range. Learning how to cope with other ranges and going with the flow of the fight is important. If it happens that you find yourself in a position not familiar to you, its best to try and relax, defend well, attack if given the opportunity and stay ready rather than trying to force yourself out of that range which will result in much energy expenditure and maybe some hits in the process.

Practise as many ranges as fighting as you can manage so as to get the basics of each one and so you don’t panic in any of them. Train them in your workouts so when caught in them when fighting, you are ready.


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Patrick Parker said...

good post. I am personally most comfortable in free motion phase and in groundwork phase - the two ends of the spectrum.

I figure that since it is hard to get enough time to study all ranges in depth, study the two most extreme ones with the expectation for a fight to progress one way or the other. said...

I completly agree. It is to hard to train in depth each range of combat, and only a couple should be drilled more extensively.

I think gaining just basic foundations in as many as possible though would give the ability to not panic in that situation.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the general idea, but honestly, how often does a pure thai fighter manage to stop a solid shot? Hard to sprawl when you're so upright.

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