techniques are for educational purposes
only. practice them under the supervision
of a qualified instructor-
STRIKING AND COMBAT:
size and strength, as well as technique,
of an individual are important factors
in determining the victor of a confrontation.
An individual with superior strength
and mass has an advantage over his
opponent which must be compensated
for with skill and speed. This is
why large individuals often lack superior
technique. They simply do not feel
a great need for it. This is unfortunate
as it can result in a surprising loss
to a smaller opponent with more skill.
A large individual would be a smart
fighter to focus on technique, thereby
taking advantage of his natural strength.
any size fighter, strength is a must
to a certain degree. By this, I do
not necessarily mean muscular strength.
A fighter must either be strong enough
to apply a finishing lock or be able
to create enough devastation with
a strike to incapacitate the opponent.
An individual with enough power to
incapacitate with one strike can theoretically
defeat any opponent. Of course, the
trick is in scoring that strike before
getting knocked out yourself. In any
case, with the proper power, you are
always only one strike away from victory.
artists have a habit of devoting a
great deal of time to practicing set
routines of self defense. These range
from somewhat practical and believable
to the highly dubious and overcomplicated.
The idea behind these is to practice
a routine to give a basic sense of
a maneuver and then to use your own
variation as necessary in a real life
confrontation. Still, I find that
most of these routines are nothing
more than an awkward combination of
very basic techniques. For example,
an instructor will counter a would-be
attacker with a block, grab, throw,
then strike combination. Students
are then left to practice this highly
am a firm believer in the basics.
Basic strikes, grabs, etc. are the
moves that you will need for sparring
and self defense. Why block, grab,
spin, throw, and so on, when a simple
evasion and punch to the face is obviously
the most efficient and effective?
I also believe in a student's ability
to use good common sense. There is
no need to practice a set self defense
routine unless performing for an audience
or trying to keep inexperienced students
busy. Teach the basics and a good
student will know how to put them
together. When a guy charges you,
should you spin, sweep him, roll,
kick him on the ground five times,
then rake his eyes? Of course not,
when a swift kick to the groin will
do the trick.
is partly why I believe so much in
breaking and conditioning. Breaking
insures that you hit hard, very hard.
If your strike is true, one will do
the job. Keep things simple. Practice
the basics. Have students practice
without set routines and without a
designated fall guy. If you find that
you cannot apply your maneuver in
a sparring situation when the opponent
is really resisting, keep practicing.
my father practiced martial arts in
his youth, his father once warned
him of using karate in a fight because
the other guy might not know it. He
was suggesting that martial arts would
only work on an opponent practicing
the same art. This was in the early
days of karate in the U.S., and such
a comment seemed ridiculous to my
father at the time. Even so, what
my grandfather said, as an offhand
remark, holds more truth than he realized.
Practitioners become so involved with
practicing against opponents of the
same style that they are caught off
guard against unorthodox street fighters.
Remember, there is no such thing as
an illegal move in a streetfight.
styles have a variety of forms and
meditations, but when it comes down
to it, the hand and foot strikes are
essentially the same.
reason for this is simple, the human
body can attack in only so many ways.
Basic strikes are the tools of success.
Make your hits count.
PUNCH: The punch requires little
explanation. You can punch the face
and almost any area of the body. Aim
for the chin, jaw, nose, and back
of the head. Remember when striking
the body that, unlike bricks, it flexes
and may collapse your wrist if you
aren't ready for the different kind
of impact. Practice for this on the
heavybag and think penetration.
PALMHEEL: Thrust this into the
face, head, and chest to stun the
heart. It is very unlikely you will
hurt your hands when using this technique.
KNIFEHAND AND HAMMERFIST: These
work on the side and top of the head,
the collarbone, the neck, and the
arms. When sparring, chop your opponent's
forearms, biceps, and triceps to paralyze
his means of attack. Be careful about
breaking bones. In lethal self defense,
chop the neck.
PALM: Slap the chest, back, and
side of the head. Palm heel iron palm
strike to the top of the head.