Dr. Mark Phillips from Fight SCENE:

This is how we film these videos, crack the eyes. This is how we started. Today we’re talking about closing the gap, or how you close the gap.

There’s a lot of people that like to clinch, they like to close the gap, a lot of martial arts styles use that to advantage. So, they like to get in, bang, clinch and smuggle the person’s arms and make it really difficult for them, so, they can take them down or open them up, block them, punch them in the groin, break them down, again just generally dominate that person.

Dr. Mark Phillips from Fight SCENE:

So, if you’ve got that type of strategy of fighting, then for you, you’ve got to try to get in to be able to do that. That’s not easy to do if the guy’s moving all over the place. It’s definitely not easy to do if he knows how to keep his distance, because I’m always going to be punching him, as he moves into me. So, you can’t just run in on someone and try to close the gap. In fact, we often talk about closing the space and chasing people and running in on someone. You can’t do that in a fight because most people know how to step back and punch. So, if you’re stepping back down and punching you’re going to walk into punches. You’re literally going to get knocked out running forward. So, how do you close the gap?

Dr. Mark Phillips from Fight SCENE:

It’s a little bit of snake charming, that’s the easiest way I describe it. What I tried to do is, I tried to draw the person into me, okay? So, in essence, what I do is, I have to angle off to the side and step back, move back slightly enough just to tempt them to come in, and then try to use that as a point of timing to get in. But the point is what I’m trying to do is, I’m trying to get him to come at me, so, I can go in, okay? Does that make sense? Very sterile in the way that we’re doing it but, obviously, I’m trying to teach it from a point of view of strategy. So, to say to you, yeah, let’s, let’s let it go wild and let’s have a go. If you look at most top fighters, you’ll see them do this strategy anyway, whether they’re grappling, doing the MMA, whether they’re boxing, kickboxing and in traditional martial arts, as well.

Dr. Mark Phillips from Fight SCENE:

Another way which takes a lot more skill is obviously to fade up to the side as we’re talking about and then try to close the gap. The problem with that is, if you’re looking at one, twos and threes, if the person comes in and is throwing another strike, he might actually nail you, which let’s be honest in a real fight, happens. People hit you in fights and anybody thinks that they’re gonna have a fight and never get hit. It’s delirious. Delirious. Delirious? Delirious. I don’t know what’s wrong with my tongue today. So, generally, you’re going to get hit. There’s no, there’s no doubt about it. I say though, I’ve been saying a lot recently in our videos, do not expect to get into a fight and not get hit. That’s why you don’t fight people.

Dr. Mark Phillips from Fight SCENE:

So, what I also like to do my own training, if I can, and it depends on the skills of the other person, it depends on how good they are, is to ride the punch. So, very often, you’ll get people that will punch. Ride the punch back. Sorry. Draw the punch back to fight to fire another one. So, one of the other strategies I tried to work on is to ride the punch. To basically follow in and hit back or follow in and ride and get in, clench the body, basically.

Dr. Mark Phillips from Fight SCENE:

So, it isn’t easy to do and I’m not saying, yeah, you can do this, but what I’m showing you, showing you, just basic tactics that can work. Now, if you can use these ideas, it does help you to counter. But the most important thing, is try not to run into the person to close the distance, because if you’ve got someone who knows how to strike and punch they’ll be countering, punching and hitting back, on the back foot. And that’s one of the things you don’t want to be doing is eating punches. Thanks for watching.




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