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    DIMENSIONAL STAGES OF ACTION
    by Ed Parker

    We often hear the terms, GAP, SPACE, DISTANCE, and RANGE used
    interchangeably, or viewed as having distinct and separate
    characteristics of their own. Let us first refer to the dictionary and
    see what it states. GAP is defined as being "a separation in space".
    SPACE is "a limited extent of one, two, or three dimensions: DISTANCE,
    AREA, VOLUME". DISTANCE is "the degree or amount of separation between
    two points". RANGE is "the space or extent included, covered, or
    used".

    DIMENSIONAL STAGES OF ACTION include all of the above terms.
    These DIMENSIONAL STAGES OF ACTION view SPACE from all aspects of
    height, width, depth, and direction, and the DISTANCES that
    necessitate maintaining, closing, controlling, and opening the GAP.
    They sequentially employ long, medium and close range techniques while
    closing in on an opponent, or when covering out. Of interest is the
    staggering amount of alternatives that exist when employing close
    range techniques. These methods go beyond just strikes. They include
    various methods of contouring, locks and chokes, twists, dislocations
    and holds, as well as takedowns.

    Gauging the DISTANCE between you and your opponent for purposes
    of defending or attacking requires a thorough study of the DIMENSIONAL
    STAGES OF ACTION. It involves choice of weapon and target, arm and leg
    lengths of both you and your opponent, foot and
    body maneuvers, speed and accuracy, action (response) and reaction‹d
    (counter response). Included are intentional and unintentional moves,
    deceptive and deliberate (committed) moves, checking (pressing,
    pinning, jamming, etc.,) and nullifying moves (while simultaneously
    striking). It further includes controlling height, width, and depth
    zones, restricted (environmental encumbrances, tournament rules,) and
    unrestricted (no rules, anything goes) moves, and consideration of the
    extent of injury. With the aforementioned information, one can then
    determine the DIMENSIONAL STAGES necessary to defend or attack with
    successful results.

    With the knowledge that DISTANCE encompasses degrees of
    separation between you and your opponent(s), you should first become
    acquainted with the established number of stages of RANGE, within the
    "GAP", that are crucial in combat as well as tournament competition.
    Since RANGE refers to what one can do within the SPACE that comprises
    the "GAP", it can safely be said that there are basically four stages
    of RANGE that should concern you: out of contact, within contact,
    contact penetration, and contact manipulation. Out of contact RANGE
    refers to that stage of DISTANCE that places you out of the reach of
    your opponent, or vice versa. Unless foot and body maneuvers are used
    to bridge this DISTANCE, conditions are generally safe. Within contact
    RANGE means exactly what it implies -- the DISTANCE in which you or
    your opponent can be reached. Injury may not be as crucial, but
    damage, nonetheless, can occur. Contact penetration RANGE refers to
    the distance in which a weapon can effectively penetrate the depths of
    a target, thus magnifying the damage or injury that can occur to you
    or your opponent. Contact manipulation RANGE entails controlling an‹d
    opponent, or vice versa. Injury can be administered through
    contouring, locks and chokes, twists, dislocations and holds, and
    takedowns. Obviously, these same techniques could be used to cause
    greater injury if either party wished to do so.

    The four stages of RANGE mentioned above pertain to depth. SPACE
    that exists between low and high points relate to height. SPACE that
    separates points that flank each other (left to right) involves the
    dimension of width. Hence, all action selected to condense or extend
    SPACE (gap) that exists between points of height, width, and depth can
    be classified as being DIMENSIONAL STAGES OF ACTION.


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    Default Re: Dimensional Stages Of Action

    A little more encompassing than the word "range" or "distance".
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    Default Re: Dimensional Stages Of Action

    Gap, range, and distance were explained to me in a very similiar way. Thanks for posting that.
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