Coach Vince Salvador:
Hey, how’s it going? I’m Coach Vince, this is your kickboxing tip of the week. A lot of times when you’re in a fight or sparring, range is the biggest issue here. If he moves back too far and I start throwing punches here, I’ll be out of range and I’ll open myself up for shots. If I start reaching my body, he’ll end up hitting me.
A good way to cover the distance, especially when they move back really far like in MMA is to shift my whole body onto the outside of his foot so that I can get to this side of his whole body here. A lot of times in kickboxing, I can use that to set up the kick. From inside, he steps back, I shift to the inside, I can use this to set up my kicks. If it’s MMA, I can use this to set up a take down. He steps back, I shift, looking for the shot. If I just want to punch and it’s in a rule set where I can only punch, he steps back, I can shift into my other combinations. Then I can set up body shots, different things.
Shifting to cover distance. That’s your tip of the week.