There is a common misconception when it comes to striking relating to how much distance is required to throw effective punches. While having some space to wind up and unleash some true power doesn’t hurt, there are plenty of ways to damage an adversary with your stand-up even if in close.

This MMATraining Technique of the Day provides some instruction on the matter from Duke Roufus, a decorated kickboxer who runs one of the top MMA camps in the nation at Roufusport. Watch as he shows a few ways to land some stiff strikes even if an opponent isn’t giving much room to breath.