fivedragons wrote:Backpedaling? What does that even mean? I don't get it. If you think that the sum total of skill in self defense, fighting, what-have-you, is in the forward motion of the feet, you're seriously deluded.
In order to fight you must be close enough to the opponent to fight using whatever methods you train. It's really that simple. Whatever method you do the range must allow for you to be close enough to fight using those methods. If you think that is best achieved by “not closing” or not allowing distance to be closed, then by all means do that, train that and be happy with that.
fivedragons wrote:It's like saying that all you have to do to master karate is to be bigger and stronger than everyone else in the world. "just kick their ass"
So, saying “one should close the distance to preferred fighting range” is like saying that you must be bigger and stronger? Sorry, but there is not even a shadow of a parallel there.
Again, closing distance does not mean hard or soft or force against force or anything in particular other than being close enough to do whatever it is you do... And you can do it any way you like. In systems and methods where people train to work off of feel for example, they must be close enough to feel. This range does not dictate how they must use this feel or how to manage energy of the opponent, only that they must be close enough to the opponent to use whatever it is they train. Again, it's really that simple.
fivedragons wrote:So why learn anything at all, other than "keep walking forward, and you will become master of the universe, Daniel-San." I never learned anything called "backpedaling".
Again the idea of closing to whatever range is needed does not mean that, "you do not have anything to learn". I don’t see how anyone could even reach that conclusion. In fact it’s just the opposite: Whatever fighting style you study; The actual fighting must happen at a range where fighting <and training> is most effective for that style. The learning does not END when the fighting range is met it BEGINS there.