The question is how to win when your opponent's legs are too long. Well I'm actually 6 & # 39; 3 "and I can tell you firsthand what marks me and what doesn't. Most of my taekwondo fights have been against opponents from my height or less Even at the nationals the heavyweight division has several 6ft guys weighing around 200.
Whenever I attended smaller tournaments, that was when I was paired up with guys 5 & # 39; 8 "or 5 & # 39; 10". I hated it. In fact, I shouldn't say so quickly that I hated it. I hated it when they knew what they were doing.
First, let's talk about what goes wrong …
I agree with me. Hope this is obvious. You never want to trade kick for kick with someone who has 4-6 inches on you. There is an area that everyone has. I call it your red zone – red symbolizing "warning". Everyone's red zone is different, and their size is determined by the range of your kick.
Being 6'3 '' tall, I have a larger red area than most. It also means that if you are shorter than me you will enter my red zone before I enter yours. In other words, while you're trying to get me close enough to get a kick, I'm already scoring on you.
Then you might want to try to overwhelm me with speed. Not a bad idea, but not the best either. Anytime I step into the ring with someone smaller than me, I guess it will light up quickly. The first thing I do is create some distance and then I hang around a bit. I study how fast they can really move. I note how quickly they can bridge the gap between us. After seeing how fast they really are, I'm just adjusting my gap so I can start scoring.
Ultimately, the speed is good, but when it comes to a taller opponent, they'll just compensate with distance. Against a larger opponent, your enemy is too far away. Your opponent has a stride that is probably 1 ½ times your stride. After taking 2 steps forward your opponent is already 3 steps away so WHAM … they will let you do a circle kick.
So what is the best strategy? If you want to dominate your biggest opponent in Taekwondo, you have to use a method called B.T.C. It means Bait, Trap, Counter. Be careful, because this is the ultimate method of Taekwondo scoring against taller opponents, and I hate it! Of course, only when it's used against me.
Here's how it works …
When your Taekwondo match starts against a taller opponent, you WAIT. In fact, you wait in a high defensive mode. Be ready to whojin (slide backwards) and trigger a kick or back kick if your opponent is too aggressive. If not, wait a moment, then we start the B.T.C.
Slowly we'll get closer to our opponent – being careful not to over engage too soon. This technique is known as bait. We make ourselves fundamentally vulnerable to an attack with the main objective of counterattacking before they've ever had a chance to score.
The best time to counter is during the trap. The fraction of a second you miss your opponent is known as the trap. By the way, this is why it is very important to kick and bring that leg back to the ground immediately, so that you don't get caught in the trap. The taller the opponent, the longer it will take for them to lower their leg. This makes it an easier trap. During this trap, this is where you unload your counterattack.
If your strong suit is a back kick, then you will bait in an open position (stomach is in the same direction), and try to shoot your opponent's round kick. If your strong suit is a hook kick, bait in the closed position and try to shoot your opponent's quick kick (by skipping the round front leg kick). If you really are one of those shorter, faster fighters, you can step sideways and do any type of block you want, right after the bait.
Okay, what happens when your opponent finds out what you're doing? Well, you get even closer, at least to the point where you still manage to get the counterattack.
When it's run, you disguise the B.T.C. moving aggressively around the ring. Move aggressively, then bait quickly, causing your opponent to panic and hopefully attack.
Good luck with your training!