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#353147 - 07/30/07 01:23 PM Re: *Where* do you like to fight? [Re: Supremor]
Christie Offline

Registered: 07/12/05
Posts: 872
Loc: Waterloo, ON
1) What do you consider to be long range, medium range and short range in TKD, and particularly sparring, since TKD is rarely practiced with grappling in sparring?

To me:
Long range - side kick can make contact
Medium range - punch can make contact
Short range - knee can make contact

From what I've observed (WTF):
Long range - not within hitting range (need to do a step side kick etc. to actually make a hit)
Medium range - can make kicking contact without stepping forward
Short range - punch/back fist can make contact

Most TKD fighters rarely fight "short range" (by my definition). I'm inclined to agree that TKD is a long range art - take the opponent out before they can stab you in the stomach :P

2) Where do you prefer to fight?
Medium range, I've taken to a Muay Thai meets TKD sort of sparing style myself as the school I first started training at was a hybrid of the two arts under the title TKD (no WTF or ITF affiliation)

3) From the people you train with and your perception of the art, where would you say TKD's best fighting range is?

As I said, I find it to be most effective somewhere between (by my definition) long and medium range. A TKD kick done properly can take you out easily. (Of course not to say TKD is only about the kicks)

#353148 - 08/07/07 04:45 PM Re: *Where* do you like to fight? [Re: Supremor]
tkdkid5282 Offline

Registered: 09/26/05
Posts: 167
Loc: Georgia
i think short is the person being able to touch them with a hand...middle is within kicking range and long is within sliding/moving in to kick area. I prefer medium just because it gives (and my short legs) enough space to move around in, but not far away enough to where i have to slide or step in to kick...but as far as that goes..during any sparring match it it always best to use all three to confuse the opponet and not keeping in the same range so they can find out how you work.
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