The Deadly Pinkie in Martial Arts Fighting!
Happy Easter work out!
I hope you find lots of colored eggs.
I thought it was time to talk about
the deadliest weapon in the martial arts.
Now hold on,
don’t get that look on your face,
let me explain.
If you grab somebody’s pinkie in a lock,
like holding the pinkie vertical with your thumb to the base,
and start applying a bit of pressure,
you hear an ow.
The fellow has been subdued by a pinkie.
He is in pain,
he is thinking of his pinkie,
he is thinking of the pain where his pinkie used to be.
He goes up on his tip toes,
here comes the strange part…
if you threw his pinkie off a cliff,
he would go with it,
screaming and shrieking,
so glad that the pain has stopped…
and then he realizes he’s falling hundreds of feet to his death!
And it was his pinkie that did it.
there is truth to this.
there will be the fellow who understands
and would sacrifice his pinkie
that his body might live,
but these fellows are few and far between.
The Pinkie Death Throw.
Moo hah hah!
that leads to something else.
Take a pin,
stick it…HARD…into your finger.
You jerk back with a howl.
DAMN that hurt.
Isn’t that funny?
You would think that a small body part
would only hurt a little.
But your whole body seemed to feel the pain of the pinkie.
Now let’s turn this whole concept around.
What if you hit somebody in the nose
and smashed it like…it was a pinkie.
But if you did it the right way
the whole body would feel the pain of the nose.
The trick is,
nobody does it the right way.
Everybody hits like they are trying to displace the whole body.
Move the whole body in space.
But what if you hit a small part of the body,
broke a rib…like it was a pinkie.
Hit somebody in the belly,
but only like you are…breaking a pinkie.
it sounds stupid.
It sounds like a comic book,
but…but there’s this little, niggling pice of WTF? in your mind right now.
So think about it like this.
If you hit somebody in the chest,
like you are trying to move their whole body,
then the whole body feels it,
and pushes energy into that spot.
Strike is negated.
But if you hit precise,
focus on a pinkie sized area,
AND IGNORED THE REST OF THE BODY!
It would be like breaking a pinkie.
The body couldn’t get behind it,
and yet the whole body would feel it.
That is focus in the martial arts.
Focus beyond tightening the fist in space…
focus of energy in a precise spot on the opponent’s body.
So what got me thinking about this?
I was watching youtube.
I was specifically looking for Heian Five techniques.
I came across this lady champ,
did her own series,
incredibly good looking kata,
when she focused her punch,
it wobbled all over the place.
All the muscles in the body tightened,
but it was more like they spasmed.
Not like the whole body entered into her fingers.
And there were other things wrong with her form.
The back leg of her back stance pointed to far to the side,
like it was a half horse/half back stance.
There were timing gaps in her motions,
but broke the CBM (Coordinated Body Motion) of her form.
And I thought about the way we did form at the Kang Duk Won.
Every move was a simple move from one place to another,
designed for use in a fight,
no timing gaps designed to impress tournament judges.
So, I was saddened.
knew her stuff,
but the stuff she knew was wrong.
Don’t get me wrong,
I’m sure she gets all sorts of benefits from the forms,
and she is a champ,
probably knows her freestyle like crazy.
BUT, she will never understand perfection of form,
or even understand what perfection of form is,
or that it can be.
I’ve defined it for you in the various courses.
Shown the angles and motions,
described the how and why so it can work in freestyle.
But if you’re interested in classical karate,
which is a good base for ANY art,
then try Temple Karate.
Temple Karate is the old Kang Duk Won forms I learned
almost 50 years ago.
It was 90% perfect then,
and I’ve done little matrixing tweaks,
to bring it to 100%.
I hope you all find a chocolate Easter Bunny under your pillows this year..
maybe a couple of Cadbury eggs.
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