Is your knife training teaching you about range and how to control it?

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    Yes. I teach maintaining distance until it is time to enter. Stay out, then get in, attack and finish or exit fully. If I can't finish them quickly while I'm in (if I fail to control the limb), then I get out fully and make them start over. I don't want to be in a wrestlig/grappling match with a knife-holder.
     
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    He has some good stuff, and seems like a good guy from my limited interactions with him.

    Different systems are going to define range a bit differently, but that is to be expected. The one thing I would like to see more systems talking about is not just range of the weapon in relation to your opponent or type of attack, but bridging (moving from one range to another) in and out of range. Taking one step in or out is great, and certainly has its application, but what about when you are under a full on attack and you need to get way out, or when you are attacking and you need to press the distance as your opponent is trying to get out? That is something I rarely see taught, and it is hugely important.
     
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    Footwork, Footwork, Footwork. Lack of it will get you into trouble and without it you will stay in trouble.
    Everyone wants to win where your mindset should be to not be there.
    MOVE!
    I attempt to impress my students to move first; striking in the proper position, range, and precision with power is a by-product of moving therefore footwork is the primary action.
     
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    Definitely.
     
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    Here's another good example of how we control range through bridging footwork, this time with the knife, and also the importance of not only your movement, but forcing your opponent to move as well.
     

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