Does size really matter? Small Taekwondo fighter vs. 7 foot giant on a basketball court

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

This fight takes place outside on a basketball court. The smaller guy obviously has some skills, but is it enough to protect himself against a guy much bigger?

Only one way to find out.

The smaller guy was doing decently until the big guy got a hold of him. The giant picks him up in the air and follows him down to the court floor, landing on top of him. That’s gotta hurt!

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art with a heavy emphasis on kicks. Taekwondo was developed during the 1940s and 1950s by various Korean martial artists as a blend of the indigenous Korean fighting styles of Taekkyeon, Gwonbeop, and Subak, with influence from foreign martial arts, such as karate and Chinese martial arts.

Taekwondo is characterized by its emphasis on head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques.

In fact, World Taekwondo Federation sparring competitions award additional points for strikes that incorporate jumping and spinning kicks

Let’s face reality. Size really does matter – but it’s not everything. You may not be bigger than your opponent, but you may be faster, smarter, or savvier than him. Take advantage wherever you can. Brains are much more important than brute strength.

Unlike facing an adversary who’s equal in size, fighting a bigger person has certain challenges, and following these steps make help you emerge victoriously – or at least survive in one piece!

A few ideas on what to do against a much larger opponent:

Size up your chances honestly. Only engage in fighting bigger people if you have no options left. Avoid a confrontation if possible. Because of his size, you’re at a disadvantage.

Choose the wisest option. There are two choices when faced with a larger, potentially stronger opponent: either face your adversary and fight or run. Choosing to retreat is not a sign of cowardice, but a decision to survive and spare yourself.

When you’re on the outside range, never punch for the face unless you’re confident enough to knock him out. You can easily be countered because of his reach advantage. It will only make him angrier if you’re unsuccessful knocking him out.

Because of your disadvantage in reach, it is unwise to do so. Instead, use long-range attacks like the sidekick, hitting the nearest target, which is the knee or the groin.

Only hit him in the face if he is in crippling pain and stunned. Headshots must only be thrown if you’ve closed in.