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Closing The Distance With Kyle Bochniak

Closing The Distance With Kyle Bochniak


Whether your goal is to close the distance and clinch, hit a takedown, or land a kick, Kyle Bochniak has you covered! Using hands, footwork, and head movement to close the distance and do some damage. 


Kyle Bochniak explains that because he is usually the shorter fighter, he has to find ways of closing the distance. The concepts he uses to accomplish this is head movement, triggers and feints and biting down and closing the distance. Kyle looks to combine all of these techniques together to get the advantage over his opponents.

Kyle's first step to closing the distance is establishing his range. Kyle needs to be in position to land strikes. Bochniak explains that to get his feet closer he likes to occupy the opponents guard with his hands. Kyle stretches his stance on the, taking a long step with his jabbing side leg, then shrinks his stance. To shrink the stance, Kyle Bochniak brings his rear leg back up while throwing a rear hand cross, still sticking with the concept of occupying the opponents guard while getting your feet closer. 


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Once Kyle Bochniak is in range he is looking to use his opponent's reactions to close the distance. Bochniak throws a long step  jab, expecting his opponent to counter back with a jab of his own. As the opponent counters, Kyle slips to the outside of the jab and immediately looks to push step himself right back into striking range, but this time Bochniak has an angle on his opponent. Using the angle, Kyle Bochniak throws a jab, cross, hook combination then grabs a double collar tie clinch position, dropping his left leg back to load it up so he can further attack with a strong knee strike.

When Kyle acquires his dominant clinch he further explains that if he feels dominant over his opponent he will further his attack from the clinch. Kyle shows that from this position he can throw knee strikes to the body and head as well as letting go of one collar tie to free his hand to throw elbows. If Kyle feels that the opponent is stronger in the clinch than he is, Bochniak will instead opt to attack a takedown and bring the fight to the ground instead.

Everything is the same here, Kyle Bochniak creeps his feet into position while occupying the opponents guard with his hands, triggers a response, slips to the outside angle and uses a jab, cross, hook to double collar tie to secure a dominant. Once here, maybe he feels that the opponent is stronger or more experienced in clinch fighting, Bochniak throws a knee to get a reaction from the opponent. As the opponent pulls up from the clinch, Kyle lowers his level and shoots in for a double leg take down to bring his opponent down to the ground. 

The third and final scenario Kyle Bochniak demonstrates is that his opponent may break away from the clinch making distance, or Bochniak may push the opponent out of the clinch to make distance himself. As the opponent exits the clinch, Kyle's goal is to catch him while he is escaping by throwing a left roundhouse kick. When the opponent moves backwards, if Kyle just throws a left kick it will not reach the intended target. To cover this distance, Bochniak takes a step with the right leg, closing distance but also taking the left leg to the rear which will load the left leg up for a powerful roundhouse kick.

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