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Mastering the Art of Bridging the Distance in Combat

Successfully executing an attack hinges on the precise moment one positions themselves at the optimal distance. Conversely, a well-timed parry finds success when executed just as the opponent reaches the culmination of their lunge. It's crucial not to miss opportunities for a riposte by inadvertently stepping out of reach during a parry.


In addition to timing, the significance of selecting the right measure for counter-attacks, such as a well-timed stop hit, cannot be overstated. The strategic use of changes in measure, involving strategic steps forward or backward, adds a layer of complexity to disrupt the opponent's timing, making it harder for them to launch effective attacks or preparations.


A thorough study of tactical footwork becomes paramount, specifically focusing on changes in measure through calculated steps. These variations in measure serve a dual purpose: they disrupt the opponent's ability to time their attacks or preparations effectively and create opportunities for the fighter with a keen sense of distance.


For fighters difficult to reach or those with a strong sense of distance, achieving the desired measure requires strategic maneuvers. Progressive shortening of the step backward or employing the artful technique known as "gaining on the lunge" becomes instrumental. These maneuvers are not only defensive but serve as calculated strategies to bring the opponent within the range for effective counter-attacks.


In essence, mastering the art of bridging the distance involves a nuanced understanding of timing, measure, and tactical footwork. The fighter who can adeptly manipulate these elements gains a distinct advantage, making it challenging for opponents to predict and counter their movements effectively. Through these strategic considerations, combat becomes a dance of precision, where success hinges on the mastery of distance and calculated footwork.

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