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    Short legs?!?!

    My friend who is a model been practicing TKD since he was a kid. He is pretty tall and got long legs. He says in order to be good at TKD you need to have long legs....Granted, TKD's origin is korea but they are really not the tallest people in the world.... Yes, having long legs gives you some advantage since TKD concentrates on "range" moves, but will i have a huge disadvantage against people with longer leg? Im only 5"7' and my leg is shorter than my upper part of my body....

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    Your legs only need to be as long as required to reach the other guy.

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    You don't have a disadvantage at all. While he can keep you away better, once you're inside all you have to do is keep the pressure on and there isn't a lot he can do, unless you suck.

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    Stuff your longer legged opponents and move at angles. It will piss the hell out of them that you can hit them inside their range - I know because I'm 6'5" and it always pissed me off. Just wait for that huge range, telegraphed front or side and slip past it to...lesse, your taking TKD so you'd want a nice cresent to the head.

    In reality though, you'd want to punch them in the face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arjuna
    Stuff your longer legged opponents and move at angles. It will piss the hell out of them that you can hit them inside their range - I know because I'm 6'5" and it always pissed me off. Just wait for that huge range, telegraphed front or side and slip past it to...lesse, your taking TKD so you'd want a nice cresent to the head.

    In reality though, you'd want to punch them in the face.
    A crescent kick.... on a significantly taller opponent..... from the inside.... do you even what a crescent kick is?

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    I think the crescent was poorly-implemented sarcasm. At least, I hope.

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    i have the same problem my legs are at best 29 inches so i try to get close in its my best chance

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    Tall guys have a disadvantage up close if their realy tall, like 6"4. I'm 6"1 so my ranged kicks are effective, but I can also use kicks up close. But I would say if you are quick and stay in your range you should do fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenMasters
    Tall guys have a disadvantage up close if their realy tall, like 6"4. I'm 6"1 so my ranged kicks are effective, but I can also use kicks up close. But I would say if you are quick and stay in your range you should do fine.
    I'm 6'5". Not much problem at all up close, it's called neck clinch and knees.

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    Can you post a pic of your friend? (for academic purposes of course)

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