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Entries – Closing the Distance In Self Defense
Some people spend hundred of hours practicing closing the distance techniques in their self defense / martial art training. It doesn’t mater if it is Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Mixed Martial Arts, Kung Fu, or whatever.
Entries in the real world are not like they are in a one on one sparring match.
They are VERY Different!
In the real world, you are not going to have your attacker standing 2, 3 or even 4 steps away from you for you to execute your entry techniques. He will be up in your face. And fast!
Most crimes will happen at “point blank” range. If a mugger is going to mug you, is he going to be 5 feet away from you asking you give him your wallet / purse?
Or is he going to be 2 inches from your face demanding it? I think more along the lines of the second one. Don’t you?
So my question is, why practice all of these entries over and over?
I think (IMHO) the main reason we practice closing the distance in martial arts / self defense is due to the idea of dueling. We get so used to the idea that someone is going to “spar” with us that we focus on training for that.
Never realizing that this will almost certainly never happen in the streets.
If you want to train for realism, for real violence, you need to understand how crimes really happen. Someone “sparing” with you, someone knife dueling with you, someone pausing after you block their attack and then wait for you to hit them back, just doesn’t happen.
If the criminal is going to close that distance with you before you are even aware of what is happening, why train to close the distance? I personally only train to close the distance once in a great, great while. And under certain circumstances. But I do not spend countless hours repeating a outside, inside, split or reverse split entries.
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