There is a misbelief that you have to be bigger, you must be stronger, or you have to be taller, just to be always able to beat your opponnent. Many today are not well informed what the body can do as far in the aspects when learning a Martial-Art. Too many today have to compare what is a better style or what types of moves are the best that can knock an opponnent out. We see how many can be misinformed what they presume to watch on television. Many are not open minded to other different points of view if they dont have the background which many form of martial arts can offer an individual.
When learning how to defend yourself, first off many have to learn how to use their hands, simple blocks or parrys that can evade or push a strike or punch away from the striker who is the aggressor attacking a presumed weak target. There are pros and cons to being a size too small or being too tall. Being smaller you are usually faster, quicker, and are flexible or agile to move in and can easily move in to target a move on a taller person. Being taller usually you are considered to be stronger, slower, and have a reach advantage that usually targeting the head becomes the open target but are closed when the shorter person is nearer to get a strike in. It all depends how you play your players on the chess table. Make a move and you experiment and learn from the mistakes made after taking an opportunity become on the offensive side or be on the defensive side. Or to basically use your position on a vice versa situation and use it against the individual.
Martial-Arts has been developed over so many years that it has been designed for one simple purpose…to fight back and learn how to defend yourself. An indvidual can have all the power, quickness, or have many other moves to use in a fight or in some cases in a sparring match in a dojo, but knowing how to use your tools makes the greater difference. Being taller does not mean you will win the fight. Being smaller does not always mean you will lose the fight either. If you know how to play your cards right and what you were taught and what you put into your training, technique over size does matter on both sides of the playing field, or in this case in a fight or in a sparring match.
Learn how to use your moves and experiment. You could have the right answer…but you wont always be wrong with your theories….but learning from your mistakes is what becomes the greatest sensei in the martial arts dojo. Learning from your weaknesses and make them your strenths.