"...the Hapkido instructor is deprived of his main requirement - the distance (needed) to strike". It is a strategic weakness on behalf of all grapplers, assuming that all strikers need a lot of distance to generate power. There is a reason for them to believe this, and needless to say, it is not easy to issue power from a short distance when a pro grappler is closing his distance. However, I find this sort of typical arrogance by the Gracies to be their possible downfall - they underestimate opponents and assume that "all strikers are this/that".
There were two main issues which prevented the strikers in this video from getting the upper hand while still in standup:
1. Being unable to strike from close and very close ranges.
2. Being unable to generate knockout power with strikes in general.
Not all strikers have these problems.
I have also noticed that all of them went directly at the Gracies, or have retreated in a straight line backwards. This is exactly what the Gracies wanted them to do. It led them right into their arms and hugs. It wouldn't have been that easy if their footwork had been more dynamic. One should remember that, just as the strikers don't work on ground-fighting, the Gracies weren't versed in serious standup footwork or poweful striking. These things should have balanced the fights more, had they existed.
gzregorz wrote:to me what these video show is what happens when you get stuck with a certain set of rules and never go beyond them.
Well stated. A grappler could have used 100% of his martial arsenal in that situation. A striker is much more limited.
"Skill is acquired through continuous practice, sophistication & depth are achieved by giving thought to it" - the words of my teacher.