Kicking Range in Self-Defense


Hey. Ando again from Happy Life Martial
Arts. I’m back with Sifu Matt Ember to talk about kicking. Sifu, here is my
question to you today. Most of the time in self-defense, we talk about ranges.
People talk about clinch range, maybe elbows and knees, and punching range,
and then kicking range is usually the farthest out. But over the years, I’ve
heard you teach the idea that maybe some of these ranges kind of overlap. The
lines are a little blurred. So, specific to kicking today, what can you tell us
about kicking range?>Well, I actually don’t believe in ranges. Overall, I think
it’s really more malleable than that. I think it’s the– fighting range
is really what’s important and then the rest is the tools.>It’s all fighting.>It’s
all fighting, right. And then you’re just– what are you gonna do once you’re in
that area? Let’s do– I’ll do it left-handed so you can see. So, okay. So
I’m just gonna talk about a jab for a second. jab this is the wrists pretty
much the end of my jab range in order to make contact with him so that’s that’s
punching range right that’s jab bridge but if I scoop forward just a little bit
and this becomes a jab that hits him and hurts him that’s now stiff jab range but
it still jab range right and if I move a little further than that then it becomes
pushing out of frame range what the hell sorry but it’s still jab range because
it’s still I’m still throwing a jab from him yeah so I’m not sure what the range
actually were is describing here so already the lines are getting a little
blurry yeah because that last one with the pushing range you’re starting to get
into the top of elbow range so now we’re also hung here I’m in that range from
knocking amount of frame with that jab but that’s actually the same range as
this right which is so is it punching range or is it elbow range right yes it
is so now the same applies to kick yes yes and what we kicking one of the
things we offer we often see is big sidekick to the to the chest boom
so that’s that’s kicking range but that’s really just the end of my kicking
range that’s as far as I can reach with him with any opponent because that’s the
length of my legs so this distance here is kicking ready Jess right no no
because if I’m here I can still throw that same side kick and in fact move him
or hurt him more so that’s kicking range or if he goes back to the exact same
spot and I hope another foot in is this kicking range well this is clearly
punching range even if I’m a number two puffs so here
number one I’m clearly sort of throw I’m still in punching range but look up
close our knees are is that kicking range yes that’s kicking range too so so
I’m not sure what the distinction even really means it’s just well I think we
have to think about our our hands being as or in our arms being as multi-purpose
tools and the same goes for our legs multi-purpose tools I just made this up
this morning but it just because we stand in horses doesn’t mean we have
hooves right they’re not just rocks on the end of a thing that we throw and
cause pain with their they can be used to push they can be used to direct right
all right steer me it can be used as a jab just to keep his attention right
they can be closer and I can thrust kick him you know somewhere else
so there’s a lot of uses so there’s a lot of rages so there is no kicking
range that’s unless my opinion beautiful so every range is kicking range it’s
sure every range is fighting range fire it’s fighting range and what then what
are you gonna do when you’re inside that range trucs on my side of it your foot
comes maybe into my elbow range or my knee range so why am i only thinking
about throwing elbows and knees to your body when anything you give me is now in
whatever I can wrap it with your foot foot locks and stuff or whatever so it’s
really all just overlaps that’s right so I’m saying it’s kicking range and you’re
thinking no it’s grappling range you’re gonna grab that right right so
then then why are we talking about what the ranges are right why are we
distinguishing this from back right obviously in the beginning as a new
student you’re trying to categorize stuff make it clear but as you move on
you should definitely start blurring those lines and see an opportunity in
every range for all of your tools whatever is that fair yes right and then
one last thing we want to talk about we wanted to talk about was how you bring
up your need in order to make this concept work for you and right like a
hoop if this is our dividing line who say this is a hoop here your circle on
the circle right here okay excellent so am i bringing up my knee here or my
bring up my knee here so if I bring it up this way the only thing I can do is
hinge with my knee to extend right but if I bring it up this way now I can use
the knee and the foot to extend and so that’s a way to think about and practice
the idea of bring your knee up in tight you wonder what kind of kick you’re
throwing and then throw the kick and then you will think less about what is
kicking range and what is not right so you talk about chambering kick see for
outside or chambering inside which I don’t hear a lot of people talk about
but I think that’s a really nice distinction that opens up some
opportunities here and I think where most people probably hit heavy bags or
targets and partners at the end of that kicking range that’s probably a more
common way to use the kick that means that they’re probably pretty good at
bringing up their chambers outside so the next step would be to try to build
up this flexibility inside the hoop where you can maybe let’s say for the
sake of the exercise get your knee all the way into your body but not sacrifice
your posture your breathing and just get my knee here where my balance be able to
just hang here so that if I need to I get that kick up and push it out so if
I’m standing this close to you you can still get right it I’ll still get my
kick in here and make that work or if it’s a side kick getting that knee up
and inside as opposed always outside and I think that helps you even on the
ground sometimes just be able to get your legs inside that tight space Mabel
to push that back out this is a multi-dimensional tip fair yeah very
fair alright so the challenge is everyone
friend here at home open up the opportunities in your kicking game by
either chambering outside or inside and stop thinking of these fighting ranges
is separate you can’t pass through these ranges without without a special ticket
everything it’s more fluid it’s more fluid than that right and oh– we were
talking about Billy Jack, right? This reminded you of Billy Jack did it not?>It
did. I spent this morning looking up that old clip. I’m gonna take this foot
and put it on this side of your face– womp you on this side of the face and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it. And he didn’t move.
Right from here he brought that foot up to there. So, that’s kicking range for
Billy Jack.>Shout-out to the Hapkido guys out there. Anyway, if this tip has been
helpful to you, I hope you’ll say thanks to Sifu Matt and give this video a thumb up, share it with your friends. Until next time, keep kicking and keep fighting
for a happy life.>Let’s talk about kick–

63 Replies to “Kicking Range in Self-Defense

  1. I know tae kwon do and a lil judo. I also know military hand to hand combat which is I heard a lot of jujitsu. I usually use my 9mm

  2. Just dawned on me that if we mix the two of you we get one of the teachers of Kenichi the mightiest disciple :)))))))))))))). Such a treat!(manga is nice too)6:41!!!!!!!!

  3. Love your videos with Shifu/Sifu Matt. He carries himself a lot like my Shifu in the 6 months that I took 7 Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu.

  4. Awesome! I’ve missed your videos. 👍

    It’s a weird thing, but I am not too bad with the inside chamber thing. It’s the distance kick I struggle with. I just can’t seem to hop far enough to make contact while sparring (I’m short) and then I’m totally out there to get smacked. One of the reasons I’m not super anxious to commit to kicks.

    Thanks for the info. I’ll think about it the next time I spar. Also, glad to see I’m not the only one who gets “tenderized” by the teacher. 🤣

  5. hi sensei! :))
    I have a question: What punching bag should i buy if i am 14 and a budget under 100$.
    I really want to exercise my punches and reflexes.
    Thanks. Have a nice day.

  6. Is our thinking pattern similar? Bcz i just started working on kicks from 3 days and about to ask this kicking range or usefull kicks related question to you soon!😁 but now i have all the answers!!

  7. I had been learning Lau Gau Kung Fu and in them 3 plus years l never learnt the inside kick. Thankyou Sifu and Mr Mierzwa. Everyday is an opportunity to learn something new.

  8. What nation is self defense legal in so i can move there ? I live in USA but was almost locked up for life for allowing someone to hit me. Would've been life had i hit him back or restrained him

  9. I don't really agree with Sifu Matt's analysis of ranges. I don't think that people who talk about "X range" are saying "in that range, you should only do X". I think they're saying "it is the limit of the distance where you CAN do X, so think about that and be prepared".
    Obviously in clinching range you could also throw tight uppercuts and hooks or elbows and knees. In punching range you can also easily throw roundhouse kicks, or any other type of kick. But you definitely CAN'T wrestle if the guy is more than an arm's length away from you.
    So yeah, I think that's the idea "If you're in punching range, maybe a punch is the more natural and easy option. But don't forget about the other options."

  10. Exactly! I heard that somewhere "There's only one range – you're in fu#k#ng range, any long range kind of ideal disappear in a blink of an eye, guys close that distance so rapidly they're just on you" and i think it's true, especially if it's rage attack

  11. Great stuff! I probably wouldn’t kick above the knees, to avoid falling myself. And, looking for an immediate escape should be discussed.

  12. In Yin Style Baguazhang, they say "every step is a kick". So within every step is the potential kinetic energy of a kick, every footwork transition is an opportunity to attack. Then I fell in love with the instep kick thrown at grappling range. Sweet, sweet instep kick

  13. I think the point of ranges was to know about attacks that I cannot do at that particular distance!. Thank you shifu and sensei for giving us this multidimensional tip🙏🙏🙏😍😍😍

  14. These are the ranges I consider valid:
    Grappling
    Striking
    Charge (unarmed for takedown)
    Knife
    Gun
    Artillary
    Rocket
    ICBM

  15. As far as kicks go, the three basics are usually the best: front, side, and roundhouse. Under stress, it is important to not compromise ones balance with excessively high kicks or fancier ones like hook or crescent. While fancy gives you an edge on someone in competition who does not expect that wild card, in self defense, the sense of urgency prioritizes keeping it simple and defeating your assailant, or fleeing them, with minimal effort.

    One can get too bogged down in trying to apply everything from ones system into as many fights, or sparring matches, as possible. However, high probability techniques are considered high probability for a reason.

  16. At the end of the video, Sifu Matt was training "Bag range" 😛 ?
    Great concepts of range, very nice video Sensei!

  17. Hi Ando i believe the closer you are when you kick the better the impact i only have short legs so like to get up close and personal same with my punches 😉

  18. osss Sensei Ando and sifu Matt I come from Goju Ryu karate and now I'm in journey with wing Chun and I'm 49 years young and even tho I can kick to head level I'm more comfortable kicking low to mid range . but like anything in life always good to practice every range . never know when you need to smash a fly on someone ear.with a kick lol

  19. 0:00 or 0:01
    At the begging the real title is ….
    "When you think your self stronger than the boxing bag"

  20. Haha ! I love your intro ! I guess Sifu Matt is getting his revenge for this when he hits you during the video !

  21. Interesting concept. I like it. It was good to hear the breakdown of knee chambers for close range.
    PS. Love the ending.

  22. i prefer side kick over push kick to keep distance as I just feel it is easier to redirect a push kick and step in to punch/grapple/takedown/etc, but maybe it is just my personal preference where i use push kick more offensively than defensibly??
    it just feel better for me lol

  23. Very helpful video!!!!
    Sifu Matt Ember its a great teacher !!!
    Thanks Sensei Ando to share your knowledge!!!

  24. Very curious video about the understanding of combative ranges and distal relationships. It's all "fighting" range?

  25. Does Sifu Matt believe that he can be "out of range" or is that an unclear distinction? Just curious.

  26. Sensei Ando, I need a help with this one, do you know how karate pivots(whole body weight 50%-50% distributed to both legs ) should be used against a wild punches in bunches going forward and straight down the pipe? 😀

  27. Interesting concept.

    By the way, I remember you two doing a video about aging and doing martial arts. In this video, with such a wide shot of the both of you throwing various kicks, it's very apparent how flexible / comfortable you both are with kicking (not that you should rely on them entirely of course). How often is that the case for "men of a certain age"? Not very but it's refreshing to see.

  28. That's why it's called "range" and not "precise distance" isn't it? 😀 I don't really see that term contradicting the message of this video…

  29. Hey ando, I was wondering if you could make a more in-depth tutorial on those "Lazy stretches." I've been doing them for a couple weeks and it really helps!

  30. Longest Weapon To The Closest Target – When attacking from a distance to the nearest target, JKD uses the lead hand for punching and the lead leg for kicking. The rear tools are further away, take longer to get to the target and can be countered more easily. Drawing the arm back before striking, stepping before kicking or showing any obvious "build up" movement tells the opponent what you're about to do. This gives them the opportunity to counter attack you. We learn to punch and kick efficiently without telegraphing our intentions. Block as late dare. Draw a mental imaginary with the length of the leg. Keep this mental image in your head! Remember it is best to let them come to you as long as they are kept at the distance of the circumference they cannot touch you as long as you maintain this mental movable image. . Keep them outside the circle. Because, it is a mental circle you can move it. Advance so that he is on the retreat. Draw them in: when he kicks to judge distance is your time to counter. The person who is using counter time must allow opponent to commit himself to the counterattack before making his defensive move. Never build a wall and guard it. The circle is just to measure his distance and stay in an area that you maintain control and break timing. Disturb them , keep them on the move and relax. A martial Artist must have the gambler in side of him. Never let winning or losing ever enter your mind. You must believe in yourself. Do not think too much Act as the circumstances demand; Movement is the skill of fighting. However, never move just for the sake of moving. In real life fighting we must keep our minds calm. Do not, let your mind be conquered by stupid thoughts. There is only the moment, and them and you that feed of each other. Losing sometimes is learning. Rehearsed routines don't work! Practice balance, footwork, you will understand that a hook kick isn't the best to start with. The side kick is the longest and most powerful. Kick knee in a downward motion landing on the ball of foot. Be skillful, swift and steady. Broken Rhythm in a half beat. Fixed rhythm in a stylized form is never presented in street fights. The street presents unorthodox forms are presented. Keep it simple and direct! ("1" Never star at point, see your enemy in a whole and anticipate his actions so, you can evade attack and counter. Let him be fully committed to his actions switch stances using a springing motions. to beat him at the draw as i said start the half strike so he thinks yo are fully committed; most likely he is going to throw a right cross or hook. This is when you change step going over his power punch "he will miss and will strike." This can be done reverse,. All fights are a play that has not been written yet. This way you will not be tricked by a half feint: "( deceptive or pretended blow, thrust)" PIA. This is what you use to draw them in. "Progressive initiated Attack" This is why you can not have rehearsed routine. "It" will happen with true fighting. Never have 1 routine, change to the fighter. The fighter that keeps moving back 1"1" he is fearful of getting hit. A true fighter never fears getting hit because that is part of the game. This why I say you must die before you can live. Take immediate control. , he wants to mix you up so attack what is weak! That is 1 weakness, he his throwing jabs , kicks to evade you. It takes a second to see this if he contracts expand. This means quickly close in with foot work! Stay close strike with power. Power comes from Gravity, be ready. Tensing up may make you feel strong but it slows the blows. Loosen arms fist snap it. Hand will without conscious thought or attention; spontaneity. This takes practice I suggest hanging a slice of paper with a string. I can not just explain, and most don't have the commitment in them. It takes years of work. There is so much left out, (Sensie Ando) does explain some of this. I can not stress the facts of having different action that is why it is called playing off the other guy's actions.. Do not try and be fancy. You are expressing the movement for the set up. I am Mixing Boxing , as well as Karate, Wing chun will teach you to protect center line.

  31. I think of my knee as my elbow and my ankle as the wrist of the foot. The lower body mirrors the upper body. It's all fighting range

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