In basic training, we oftentimes train at a specific distance against an opponent. This is not just a way to inculcate muscle memory for the student. The distance is essential for proper counter attack to occur; and of course proper application of power generation. Too far away from the attacker and there will be no power and no penetrative force. This type of basic training, too often poo poo-d by intermediate and senior students helps you condition yourself to the critical success factors that will place you in an advantageous position and to succeed in your counter attack.
This is related to advice I give in self defence classes - you must replicate the exact conditions which are present in your training - especially considering distance and reach. This is why it is tough for women participants to go home and practise on their brother or their bf ... these guys are not going to be pressing the attack as hard as an opponent trying to intimidate you and who is intruding on your personal space. Your brother or boyfriend will not be replicating the same conditions for you to use the distance and reach we will be training you for self defence!
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