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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-24-2011, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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I am a smaller fighter 5'8", and my stand up isnt all that bad. I was boxing my brother-in-law and he kept me at bay with his jab. He pretty much just left his arm extended out so I couldnt maneuver inside. I've noticed a few fights where this defense has worked and the opponent with the shorter reach was ineffective. What is a good way to get around it.
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I'm five foot tall so I have the exact same problem, I found good head movement and keeping low to be key (lets face it...I'm five foot tall, I can't do much BUT keep low). If he's leaving the arm out, lunge and duck under using your head movement and attack the body.

There are plenty of MMA and boxing fights you can research to see how they close the distance on their taller, longer opponents.

You'll need to be brave, get your head down and go for it
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There are plenty of MMA and boxing fights you can research to see how they close the distance on their taller, longer opponents.

You'll need to be brave, get your head down and go for it
Randy Couture vs. Tim Sylvia would be one of the fights to study. Tim was famous for sticking his jab out there and using it to setup his right hand or outpoint people to death. Randy figured out a way to use his speed and body movement to either come in underneath and land punches or come over the top with his right to hit him with the overhand right. He also mixed it up so that Tim never knew if Randy was going to come in underneath or over the top. You need to vary things a bit instead of ducking in underneath the same way every time, if your opponent is smart and figures out your pattern you'll get timed for an uppercut and knocked silly.

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Head movement is important to slip the jab, also moving in at angles rather than trying to go straight through the middle. You need to attack when you go inside, get there as fast as you can, and not hesitate or worry about being hit.
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For some people, being taken out of their comfort zone in a fight can really panic them. Getting into close quarters is that particular place where taller fighters do not prefer to be. I would know, I'm a taller guy (77.5" reach, sup) who much prefers to use that reach to my advantage. That being said, once you get in, you could attack the body, but unless you're really adept at attacking the body, I'd say stick to head hunting with tight hooks and maybe uppercuts or overhands. Only because I think a lot of people drop their hands inadvertantly when going to the body, so headhunting can be a bigger payoff if you're not good workin' the body, is all.

Head movement is your friend when you're trying to get in the cut. If you want to be a little nasty you can cover up and try to let his punches meet your elbows on the way in. Using angles, like Adam said, is always smart and useful. Using feints is good too - fake a jab to get him to commit, and when he throws his counter jab slip it and step on in. Just remember that once you get in there to keep on him and don't let him get his reach back. The more times you have to try to get in, the more opportunities he'll have to start to figure your game and timing, and you don't want that.
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