Most people don’t understand how easy the martial arts are. Take, for instance, a good karate punch. It will generate more power than any other punch in the world. And takes less energy. Don’t believe me?
I was watching a fellow punch the bag the other day. The guy was maybe 25, much experience in boxing and other arts. The bag jumped and bent a little, and that was it.
I stepped up to the bag. I’m old…71. I put my fingers to the bag, then, without retracting the arm, I closed my fingers and thrust my arm out. Freakin’ bag went to the roof. You could feel it say ‘OW!’
So why was my ‘old’ punch stronger than some young turks? Because I used less energy.
What is energy? Go ahead, give it your best shot. Nope, it’s not that.
Energy is the capacity for work. Go on, look in the dictionary. That is the physics definition. Physics, if you don’t know it, is the stuff we made up to measure the universe.
So how do you measure work? Here’s where it gets tricky. You can measure work with… watts, ohms, pounds, gallons per minute, and so on and so on. How you measure work depends on what you are measuring.
So how do you measure work in the martial arts? Here’s what nobody knows, and why punches are so spectacularly lacking in horsepower.
You measure work by weight.
When that young Turk was punching the bag he was punching with his arm. Twenty pounds of weight.
When I punched the bag I moved my 71 year old body into it… 200 pounds of weight.
20 pounds versus 200 pounds. I was literally punching ten times as hard as he was. And, I’ll tell you this, it was easier for me to move my 200 pounds an inch or two than it was for him to try to punch as hard as me using his 20 pound arm.
Now, I’ve given you all the clues, how you going to put them together? How are you going to make your body work ten times easier than some guy nearly 50 years younger than you?
Well, I’ll tell you, it took me a while. Fortunately, I wrote it all down.
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The first time I ever actually hit someone I was shocked. I had trained for 20 years, and I actually had no idea what it was like to hit somebody for real. Then I had to, and it totally changed me.
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Here’s the deal: to understand what I am about to say you have to understand one thing: what is a punch?
People say it is how hard you hit somebody, they say all sorts of things, but I haven’t heard anybody tell me the one thing that I experienced on the day I actually had to hit somebody.
Go on, google it, see if you can find out the truth of what it is like to hit somebody. I’ll wait… . . . . . Okay, you’re back, here’s the truth of a punch. A punch depends on the transference of weight from one body to the next. It’s not how hard you hit. It’s not how fast, or anything else like that. It’s how much weight you deliver. Now, those other things can enter the equation. But, the truth is… how much weight can you put on the sucker’s body? Can you put so much weight the other guy’s body breaks? Can you control the weight so it is a push and not a punch? Are you stuck in push, instead of punch? Does air punching really work?
Interesting questions, especially once you have tried to do a real punch.
When I struck this fellow I felt weight go through my wrists. Because I was grounded he flew back, went over a bed and hit the wall. Thank God for grounding. Thank God I had practiced aligning my bones, because if I hadn’t I might have broken my wrist, I might have flown away from that guy from my own punch! I just didn’t understand.
BUT, that one punch, and I understood. So, try this special exercise. We used to do it back in the sixties, had no clue what it meant, and it wasn’t until I actually had to hit somebody that I understood what the drill was for.
Assume the push up position. Go from the hands to the fists. Just a little push, like you’re going to clap your hands, but then land on your fists. Palms, fists, palms, fists.
Don’t do too many at first. Build up a little. Do it from a knees down push up at first, if you have to.
What happens here is that you get the sudden shock of weight going through your fists and wrists, and that is what it is like to hit somebody. A sudden shock of weight in the wrists… and through the rest of the body. You ground, you root your stances, so that you are braced upon the earth, and he will fly away, and not you. You have a straight bone line in your wrists so you can absorb the weight.
The actual weight here is going to depend on who weighs the most. If he weighs more, you will fly back. But, even if you weigh less, if you ground, if you are braced upon planet earth, then he will fly away. Or, if you punch with speed and snap, the impact will ripple through his body (imagine slapping a pond of water with your hand) and cause great damage.
Here’s a matrix Karate Kick
Try that, adapt it to other parts of your practice, and let me know what happens.
And, got something else to talk about here… new book coming out. This one, the working title is ‘Tiger and Butterfly’ is a condensation, a blend, of Matrix Karate and the Shaolin Butterfly. The story behind it is interesting.
I walked into a martial arts school, asked the guy if I could help, and he said yes. The school is pretty good. Probably real good, but they were teaching martial arts without forms, specializing in freestyle. The freestyle was, depending on which class was taught, points, MMA, or Jujitsu. Quite interesting.
So I started helping, and eventually came up with an interesting idea: how to teach with fewer, smaller forms. I used the shorter Butterfly forms, and the Houses from Matrix Karate.
So far, it is REALLY working.
Mind you, I always advise the complete art, in this case the complete Matrix Karate, or the complete Shaolin Butterfly, but considering that the school was established, considering that I didn’t want to change things, just enhance them, you can understand what I was doing.
Anyway, the book should be out in the next week or so. Tiger and Butterfly.
Keep your eye out for it, and, in the meantime, check out this book…
It’s one of the most important books ever written. It describes what the martial actually are, how they are grown, and ties together all sorts of loose ends. It should definitely change the way people think about the martial arts.
Newsletter 789 The Martial Arts Night Before Christmas
Man o man! What a perfect HanaKwanMass eve! Perfect for a work out for all mankind. And, a bit of poetry from yours truly.
But, before I offend you with my poetry, let me give you a thought.
Please forgive. I ask this every year, twice a year, in fact. My birthday, and HanaKwanMass.
Specifically, please forgive me. If I have said your name wrong, messed up your order, neglected to mention you, said something, anything, that offended, please forgive.
Forgiving cleans me out, and it cleans you out. You lose an element of wrong thinking by forgiving.
So forgive. Forgive me, or forgive somebody else. Remember, positive energy creates positive energy, and negative energy creates negative energy. So be positive, forgive, and make the world a better place. Thanks.
Now, I hope you don’t have to forgive me this, but here’s the official Monster Martial Arts rendition of The Night Before Christmas.
TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS!
Twas the night before Christmas I was in my shack primed and ready for the red fat attack.
my weapons were loaded the windows were barred all would be safe while I was on guard
The chimney was decked with concertina wire I crouched by the couch ready to fire.
I had an M60 with ammo to feed I didn’t care if the red fat did bleed.
A loaded shotgun and grenades to spare when red fat came down I’d blow him out of there.
Throwing stars and knives and a really long sword and if that didn’t work I knew a bad word.
Sitting there late my eyes started to close when suddenly I heard a bunch of ho hos.
Off with the lights safety off, too I watched the fire close and heard a sound from the flu.
‘Ouch and gosh darn it who put the wire here those are my undies starting to tear!’
Then a shower of soot and a grunt and a groan he landed in the fire and gave out a moan.
He was rubbing the place where the wire did tear so I held down the trigger and lead filled the air.
belt after belt did I deal the red fat he danced and he jumped I knew he felt that!
then quicker than spit I ran out of lead but enough was enough he had to be dead.
Boy was I shocked to see him stand tall stepping out of the fireplace not bothered at all.
So I grabbed up the 16 to mow him down he had to be hurting cause I saw his big frown.
Then I was empty and he came straight for me I pulled out my knives and sliced him with glee
He jumped to the side moving real quick disarmed my knives with a well placed kick
then he dropped the big bag he had on his shoulder reached forth his arms and his anger did smolder
He grabbed hard my neck and held me up high I tried kicks and punches but I was like a fly
Not karate nor judo no art did work and he grinned a mean grin and called me a jerk
‘Don’t you know you stupid little man Christmas is forever in spite of your plan.’
Then he threw me aside and proceeded to work giving presents to all and to me a great smirk
And when he left the great big red fat he left me a lump of coal the big red fat rat!
HANAKWANMASS TO ALL
and to all have a great work out.
Here’s a good place to go… http://monstermartialarts.com/martial-arts/temple-karate/
Old Muscle Building Method Makes for a Super Hard Punch!
I mean that literally, you can have a hard punch in days. The old body building method is called Dynamic Tension, and it was used by the old comic book guys like Charles Atlas and Joe Weider. It is actually still sold today.
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Interestingly, Chuck Atlas made his millions in the pages of comic books. He had ads that ran for years, and he even beat the Great Depression. His most famous ad, a bully kicking sand in a lads face at the beach, actually happened to him when he was a youth, and inspired him to create his world famous method for building muscles.
I was acutely aware of the comic book ads, liking comics and being a skinny weakling when I was young. I suppose, in some way, I answered the comic book ad when I took up the study of the martial arts. And, serendipity, amongst the forms I learned was one which dealt with Mr. Atlas’ form of shaping the body.
The pattern was supposedly a variation of a Wing Chun form. I don’t recall what we called it, but I do recall the hours spent on one specific movement in the form. That one movement made my punch get stronger and stronger and stronger.
When you do the move, take a back stance and cross the wrists in front of you. Press wrist against wrist, and slowly slide the wrists past each other. Let the power build, then let the hands snap off each other and execute a punch.
It’s best to punch with the rear hand, and let the front hand come back across the chest. It is also good to simultaneously press your feet against one another in the back stance. Then, when you release the hands, you can release the stance and really cover ground.
The muscles tend to build fast, and you’ll notice an increase in strength I would say within seven days. Over time you will notice the working parts of your arms and legs are getting denser and better shaped. And, in conjunction with the thrusting forward of the whole body, you are going to have some kind of powerful strike.
Obviously, you can tailor this exercise for other body parts, other types of strikes and blocks, and your body should get in fantastic shape. I’ll tell you this, one look at your chiseled physique and nobody is going to try to kick sand in your face. And that is how an old body building method can give you a hard punch in literally days.
About the Author: Al Case began martial arts in 1967. He studied such arts as Kenpo, Karate, Wing Chun, Aikido, Norther Shaolin Kung Fu, Southern Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi Chuan, Pa Ku Chang and various weapons. He became a writer for the martial arts magazines in 1981, and had his own column in Inside Karate. Check out his course on increasing Chi Power.
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