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Welcome to Episode #72 of the Fight for a Happy Life podcast, “Are You Ready to Fight?”

No, seriously… are you?

If some maniac suddenly jumped on you RIGHT NOW, are you prepared to fight back?

Are your muscles tight? Will your clothes hold you back? Can you flip your mindset from calm to aggressive in a blink?

In this episode, let’s examine the gap between your life on the mats and your life off the mats. Hopefully, they’re not too far apart!

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Thanks for listening! Keep fighting for a happy life!

Ready to Fight

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#72: Are You Ready to Fight? [Fight for a Happy Life Podcast] - YouTube

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What is the best kicking range for self-defense? Or is that question really just a mental trap?

Here’s a concept you may not have considered from Sifu Matt Ember of Rising Fist Kung Fu. For more advice from Sifu Matt, check out our podcast interview together—

Interview with Sifu Matt Ember

But for now, check out this video and tell me what you think! Summary below.

Kicking Range in Self-Defense - YouTube

Kicking Range for Self-Defense

It’s common in the martial arts to talk about different “fighting ranges”, like kicking range, punching range, and clinching range. But is that a mistake?

Consider punching range for a moment. Sifu Matt Ember of Rising Fist Kung Fu points out that a jab can be thrown at different distances and with different purposes—to measure, stun, or cause damage.

So, then what exactly IS punching range?

The same question applies to kicks. You can use kicks to keep an attacker away from you, hyper-extend a knee, or blast backwards through a window. If the same kick can be thrown at different distances, does it make any sense to say there is only one set “kicking distance”?

It’s also true that if you’re close enough to blast someone through a window with a kick, you’re also close enough to use elbow and knee strikes. So, would you call that kicking range or clinching range?

The answer is simple—according to Sifu Matt, we should think about our legs as multi-purpose tools—just like your arms. That means you should be able to kick at close range, not just a step back at what most people call “kicking” range.

How do you do that?

Practice chambering your kicks “inside” and “outside”.

Chambering OUTSIDE is how most people are taught to kick. You just raise your knee naturally, allowing your hip to swing up.

Chambering INSIDE means raising your knee as close to your body as possible. This position allows you to throw kicks at a distance that most people don’t expect.

Chamber “inside” to kick at close range!

Another way to think about this is imagining a hula hoop around your hips. You can either set up your kick with your knee outside the hoop or inside the hoop. If you can do both, then you have doubled your kicking range.

TRY THIS: Can you hug your knee into your chest and balance on one foot? That’s a good way to get the feel of an inside chamber.

The big idea here is to not set limits on yourself. Blur the lines between ranges until they don’t exist anymore.

After all, there really is only ONE range in self-defense—fighting range. You’re either fighting or you’re not!

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Welcome to Episode #70 of the Fight for a Happy Life podcast, “Catching Another Thief.”

Remember back in Episode #50 when I told you the story about how my wife and I helped catch a thief? Well, it happened again!

I was a bit smarter this time, but still learned a HUGE lesson that I think everyone should hear.

If you have time, go back and listen to Episode #12: The Blonde-Haired Warrior, too. These two stories really make a mini-seminar in self-defense!

Once again, I recorded this podcast on video, so scroll down if you’d prefer to make eye contact.

Let’s get to it!

To LISTEN to “Catching Another Thief,” you can either:

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Thanks for listening! Keep fighting for a happy life!

Catching Another Thief!

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Catching Another Thief! A True Crime Story [Podcast] - YouTube

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