Understanding Distance and Range in the Martial Arts


One the most important aspects of being
able to fight is understanding your distance today we’re going to discuss
basically how the fighting range has different distances that overlap and how
to look at them properly stay tuned we’ll talk about it Welcome to Shihan’s Dojo I’m Shihan
Marty husband and I’m here today to help you build your martial arts skills and
knowledge there are many facets that people look at an understanding distance
in fighting I think of it as only having two ranges one called weapons range and
the other called fighting range the important one we’re going to talk about
is fighting range and how it can be used in your martial arts traditionalists
often get stuck with the ideas of ranges in their head I’ve been guilty of it
over the years and until I sat down and really started to understand how karate
and jujitsu and all of that began to make me understand the weapons and the
tools I use can overlap at varying distances however using these certain
tools there are distances that each of these can start at and you have to be
aware of how to utilize them in that type of a situation so I basically don’t
break down the tools I’m using into ranges more than distances since there
is that big overlap there are limited distances for many of the tools that you
have to understand where the starting point is to keep them effective and
efficient before we do get started in fighting ranges I’ll discuss weapons
range just a little bit here so you can understand where I’m coming from I teach
a lot of law enforcement students and I have to make sure that they understand
the difference between the range of safety in comparison to the fight range
and in conjunction with the weapons range as stated the weapon range is the
distance that can be used by a weapon whether it’s a projectile or manipulated
by manual means in other words it could be there from a gun thrown like a knife
or flailing style type of weapons such as nunchucks or other things and even
objects that can be bludgeon from the distance it’s important that people
understand these safety factors that are necessary for a street situation not
necessarily just for law enforcement but to better have an idea of what a person
can do with that distance if I have some requests out there I’ll try to talk
about weapons ranges and how they can affect you in your self-defense so first
what we’re going to look into is a fight range to me it is the most personally
infringing distance that can be put upon a fight situation in order to avenge
yourself a fight range can be any distance that’s usable for empty handed
fighting or handheld weapons of varying types this
could include anything from clubs to daggers to various you ours that can be
used today though we will stick with the ideals of empty hand however the same
principles can be applied when studying a handheld weapon the first distance
we’re going to look at is basically the kicking distance kicking distance is any
distance that can allow a kicking attack to be used from the whole distance and
will allow for most types of kicking but when the distance is closed sometimes
the kicks can become limited on what can be done most people including Bruce Lee
often broke these down these distances and call them ranges however when you
really begin to study it you understand that the kicking distance can happen and
will many times overlap all the other distances that are used in our fighting
range it’s important to train these distances and how they can be used for
your type of fighting system and style it’s really up to the people practicing
to see and understand the possible ways to utilize these techniques
once they pass over other existing distances to understand the nature of
what can be done in reality it’s only limited by one’s imagination but must be
studied repeatedly in order to fully understand the pros and cons in training
this type of idea you should utilize some of each of these distances to see
where their weaknesses might be from the other distances and what might hinder
the kicks or actually strengthen the kicks you’ll want to work with each of
these at various levels to understand it from punching distance its maximum range
to minor range and from the clinching to ground fighting it’s important not to
overlook these distances in order to ingrain them in your mind and muscle
memory the next area we’ll cover is the
punching distance basically defined the punching distance means any distance
that can allow a punching attack to be used the whole distance will allow for
most punching types however like the kick eventually some of the techniques
will be harder to utilize it’s important that you again train yourself to
understand these distances by breaking them down in order to properly
disseminate what your distance is distance can change from every varying
individual some can be able to launch a punch or kick from a further distance
than someone else I’ve seen good kicks and punches from people who are 6 to 8
foot away from their opponent by only sly
they’re supporting foot on the ground to attack them you need to be aware of
where your distance will begin with there are types of techniques you do one
other thing that needs to be utilized and understood is the variations of
having a fighter stand in the opposite legs and it changes several up several
dynamics for the distance and the defense you can use make sure you work
with the clinches and the ground fighting with the punches as well this
couldn’t be done by either opponent or a person sitting on the ground being
attacked by the punch the next one we’re going to talk about is grappling and
ground distance relatively to me they’re the both the same distance but most
people out there will try to break these down into different ranges once a person
gets a clinch on you or takes you to the ground it’s usually something that
doesn’t allow you to be separated not always true where somebody might sweep
you take you down and jump on you but you have to understand the area you’re
going to be clinching or landing in is going to be directly against or with
your partner now there are many styles out there who do different types of
clinches and throws in that there but in reality they’re all pretty much the same
it’s just how they’re utilizing them in their situations whether it’s for sport
or for self defense you have to be aware of the differences on that when you’re
training them I basically define grappling and ground distance as the
distance at which an opponent can grab you in a clinch or possibly throw you to
the ground then the opponent can either control you or go down to the ground to
continue with the fight now depending on the type of the fight you are having
whether it’s for sport such as MMA Jitsu judo or wrestling one has to realize
that going to the ground is not really a great option especially when I’m
teaching law enforcement and making them understand the serious nature’s of
self-defense also even if I don’t believe all fights go to the ground a
person must learn to utilize this distance and how to handle it
this will include basically learning how to grapple do takedowns may be simpler
takedowns then then the average MMA fighter or jiu-jitsu fighter but knowing
how to get somebody off balance I’d like to cover off balancing some other time
so people can see the differences on how the body reacts when it’s pulled or
pushed into different directions one note I always tell my people in
self-defense that is if you go to the ground you have to worry about the
possibility that thing by that you’re fighting might have a
partner out there who’s going to come over and start hitting on you while
you’re trying to wrestle with the guy on the ground understand that when you’re
doing ground fighting it’s a necessary evil to learn but if at all possible try
to get it with your stand-up or your clenching before you ever take it to the
ground if you can end the fight then the serious nature of law enforcement is
though it’s once you’re on the ground it might even be easier for the person to
grab your gun from your holster and shoot you right there on the ground
without much effort at all because of the close proximity to the weapon that
the officer might have it is belt now I realize this is just a basic
understanding of distance there’s a lot that can be applied to it but as you can
see in what I’ve showed you in these little clips the range is really do
overlap and are necessary that you understand how to utilize each of these
tools that you might have in your armory to better focus on the furthest distance
you can start from cheap actually use that now I hope this has been some help
for you out there and if you like this video
poke like down there and share it with your friends let them know about Shihan’s
Dojo so we can have Shihan’s Dojo grow if you haven’t already jab that subscribe
button and punch the Bell so we can notify you when we have a new video
coming out also and leave some comments down there tell us what you think what
you think should have been added or was missing to this or maybe just your ideas
on distance and how to utilize it we will try to get back to you as soon as
possible for any questions you have there or give you a like or know that
we’ve read it somehow good luck in your training and we’ll see you here again on
Shihans Dojo

One Reply to “Understanding Distance and Range in the Martial Arts”

  1. I hope that you all enjoy this video. Would love to have a conversation about distance in fighting or sparring.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *