Friday, April 20, 2007

Today's TDA Tip: Don't reach out - video

This is a repost from June 2006. I realized that I'd removed the video a long time ago accidentally. I think it's a very good illustration of the point about not "reaching" when sparring. Watch.


I mean a couple of things by this:

  1. When striking, don't reach out (overreach) to hit your opponent. Close the gap safely, then strike from the proper range. Read this post to learn how to lead properly. The consequence of reaching are that, as you overextend, missing means you are off balance, and very vulnerable to counters. Most counter-punches are set up by forcing someone to reach.

  2. Don't reach out to grab. Sometimes you want to tie someone up or clinch for a takedown. The problem with reaching out is that it's easy for your opponent to get away from the grab, and you are momentarily defenseless while your arms are out for the grab. Watch the video below for an example of this.

Does that help? Good!

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