“Striking Distance,” by John Vesia

“Middle-Aged Martial Artist recently penned a post about punching range, in particular how boxers use ‘reach’ to their advantage. In the Sweet Science, having long arms is considered favorable as a skilled fighter can use them to keep an invasive opponent on the outside. The pugilist’s jab or the karateka’s forward leg front kick both work effectively to stop an aggressor in his tracks.”

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  1. …atemi are often used to establish and define distance. i had the honor to teach aikido at Bill Ponder’s Chinese Kenpo school for a year or so. Ponder-seifu had a often repeated lesson on distance and line. there are all sorts of distances, depending on the attack, ranging from a side-thrusting kick, to a hip in the groin. if there is a strike, there is a related distance. and of course length of limb is advantageous, giving more distance, but the navigator in me says distance is time. the additional distance puts your opponent a proportionate amount of time away, but it takes time to extend yourself to that range…

  2. This is simply Newton’s third law -for each action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The rocket takes off into space because there is sufficient force directed at the ground in the opposite direction. In this case because the human body has joints that a rocket doesn’t have the force into the ground does not have to be 180 degrees away from the direction of movement i.e. into the chair.

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