Tips on using range
Remember range and do not waste energy on a useless technique. For example, you attack with a lead leg side kick/spin side kick combination. If the opponent backs out of range of the side kick, then the opponent will also be out of range of the spin side kick. The spin side kick will be a waste of energy unless you are aware of the range problem and leap forward with the lead leg after the side kick to close the range before using the spin side kick.
Controlling range while sparring helps you avoid being hit and avoid incurring injuries from blocking. Range also determines whether you score or not. To score, you must be within range, but this also usually means you are in range to be scored upon. The following are some tips on using range:
- Avoid training to fight at the wrong range (pre-conditioning).
- Correct range will force opponent to commit him or herself to reach you, but does not deny you the opportunity to attack.
- Stopping short of the target will not score a point and being too close increases the chance of excessive contact through bad control, which may injure the opponent and result in your disqualification.