Zones of Combat There are several methods of categorizing defensive strategies, and many of them may include some kind of ‘zone defense’ as part of the method. This method classifies the various ranges of combat into five different distances: 1. Grappling Range (Wrestling Zone) At this close range, most kicks and the vast majority of strikes are impractical. Knees, elbows, foot stomps, kicks to the shin, and tight boxing strikes are possible, but grappling is the primary concern here. Opponents in this range will often seek to throw you to the ground and/or immobilize your limbs in order to restrain you.(Tae Kwon Do does NOT address this area of self-defense training.) 2. Zone I (Boxing Zone) Zone I combat is the closest range that Tae Kwon Do practitioners typically train in for self-defense, primarily involving boxing-type strikes. In fact, the action in most televised boxing matches occurs in Zone I, with each exchange beginning out in Zone II and clinches occurring in Grappling Range. Kicks are rarely used, but if
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This note was uploaded on 09/08/2010 for the course KIN 54A at San Jose State University .