Distance-gauging exercises

Being aware of the distance between yourself and your opponent(s) is an important aspect of fighting. These exercises, if used regularly, will help to improve your perception of distance.

1) Stand facing a partner in a relaxed 'guard' position. Position yourselves such that you can strecth out your arms and just touch one another's fingertips. One person then steps backwards. The other follows. Both partners then stretch out their arms: your aim is to be able just to touch fingertips again. If you are too close together or too far apart, move to exactly the correct distance. Take turns doing this, taking one, two, or three steps backwards.

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