Posted On:5/25/2004 9:41am
Ok, so I used the search function and couldn't find anything on this subject. I apologize in advance if this has been covered before.
Last night I got into an argument with a friend of mine about the proper distance your hands should be from your face when fighting. I say hands should be quite close (an inch or less) to avoid grabs and to give yourself some recourse if your opponent comes in for a tackle or clinch. My friend says the hands should be left in the neighborhood of 3 in. from the face to avoid receiving punches to the hands and taking damage from your own guard. Both of these positions assume the hands will be left in front of the face at roughly the mouth level. Is this a matter of personal preference? What is the general consensus?
Posted On:5/25/2004 9:48am
Style: Shi Ja Quan
You wearing gloves? what kind?
Posted On:5/25/2004 9:57am
Style: Kyokushinkai / Kajukenbo
Since when did I get named on your avatar dude?
I want to rub his belly with my nose!
For standup I keep my left about a foot from my face and my right about six to nine inches from my chest. Grappling (I do admit I'm a novice) I have both hands infront and slightly to the side, bent arm length away, down near floating rib level.
If an opponent has his fist close to his face it actually makes it easier (a shorter distance) to connect. Like pop a fast left jab to his fist and his fist will smack his own mouth.
Last edited by patfromlogan; 5/25/2004 10:00am at .
"Preparing mentally, the most important thing is, if you aren't doing it for the love of it, then don't do it." - Benny Urquidez
Posted On:5/25/2004 10:27am
Ronin - No gloves.
I'm primarily worried about the transition from striking range to clinch. If I were doing straight standup or straight grappling, that would be a different story. Meaning that I'm willing to run the risk of taking the odd punch to the hands and smacking myself rather than get put in an arm lock or get caught by a nasty takedown.
Posted On:5/25/2004 10:36am
The closer your hands, the easier you get hit or smotthered by them.
You need to find your comfort zone, so experiment.
But any closer than "fist size" and its TOO close, and unless you are really leaving your hands out there, there is not that much of a danger of them being "trapped".
There are a few old tricks:
Put you fist on your cheek (thumb side touching your cheek) and then put your other fist at the end, that is a goos starting point.
Some like the "spread hand" method:
Bring your right hand to your left cheek, spread your fingers, your thumb touching your cheek, and place your fist by your pin tip of your pinky, that is about the max it should be away from your face, but again, personal preference...
Posted On:5/25/2004 10:37am
If no gloves then:
The Eternal n00b
Posted On:5/25/2004 10:50am
Style: CM Boxing/BJJ/RBSD
Are you telling him that he should keep his hands lower or that doing full contact without gloves is as ancient minded as those photos? :D
Posted On:5/25/2004 1:17pm
Ronin - Thanks.
Posted On:5/25/2004 1:19pm
Shogun of Long Island
Posted On:5/25/2004 2:35pm
**** this theoretical bullcrap. you should have challenged him to a fight and then figured it out the hard way.
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