Shalom, everyone. Welcome to this week technique review. We’re doing now covering distance with attacks, with kicks, and specifically, sliding. It is very simple. You cannot reach your target from where you stand whether it’s with a kick or a strike or whatever, and you have to advance. You have to change the range. You have to get closer. How do we get closer? One of the options is start with the attack, and after you start with the attack, then you progress, which means it’s quite good because you do not show your intentions prior to the attacks.
For example, if I’m in this position here and I can step towards you, it’s something frightening. The whole body moves. It also takes time to move the body. In this case, what we say, my job is to start without preparation, without showing intentions. If I do something like advance and attack, you show. If you do attack and advance, many times you show less. However, you can only advance so much. In this case is the example. Or here, I cannot reach the target. I could reach the target. The idea, look again, from here I’m not in the range. I will start the kick and then continue with a sliding action.
What happens here is that I started the kick itself, whether I’m in a passive stance or other stances, I will start the kick. The body stays more or less in the same posture, the same angle. It doesn’t reveal big intentions like a step. Then the kick goes, and when the kick goes you continue with a slide. That’s the idea. The slide is usually around a foot to two feet. That’s how much you can cover. It’s not a very large coverage, but think like this. The opponent doesn’t think that I’m able to reach. Suddenly I can because I advanced a bit. A bit, couple of feet. This is the advantage of this technique.
If you compare step and kick or kick and slide, kick and slide is a less strong kick. However, it has the advantage. You save some time and sometimes you need to save few hundredths of a second, like 0.05 seconds, half a tenth of a second, in order to be able to reach and penetrate and be there before the defense is deflecting you or blocking you. That’s really the idea. Short amount of time you can save and, by this, hit the opponent. Again, it can start from ready fighting sort of stance or from passive. To start from passive, it takes a bit longer time to learn. It’s quite good to learn it from ready stance, kicking with the back leg.
From here, this is the idea. When you create the impact, you are still in motion. It is with your mass. It’s still moving forward. It can be that you’re still sliding, but it’s better that during the impact, the base leg will be already planted and pushing from the ground. Like this, you have much more power during the impact, much more energy during the impact. Thank you for listening. All the best, guys.