When you begin to feel like you are a tough guy, a warrior, a master of the martial arts or that you have lived a tough life, just take a moment and get some perspective with the following:
I've stopped knives that were coming to disembowel me
I've clawed for my gun while bullets ripped past me
I've dodged as someone tried to put an ax in my skull
I've fought screaming steel and left rubber on the road to avoid death
I've clawed broken glass out of my body after their opening attack failed
I've spit blood and body parts and broke strangle holds before gouging eyes
I've charged into fires, fought through blizzards and run from tornados
I've survived being hunted by gangs, killers and contract killers
The streets were my home, I hunted in the night and was hunted in turn
Please don't brag to me that you're a survivor because someone hit you. And don't tell me how 'tough' you are because of your training. As much as I've been through I know people who have survived much, much worse. - Marc MacYoung
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“You should prepare yourself to dedicate at least five or six years to your training and practice to understand the philosophy and physiokinetics of martial arts and karate so that you can understand the true spirit of everything and dedicate your mind, body and spirit to the discipline of the art.” - cejames
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Energy that a body possesses by virtue of being in motion. In physics, the kinetic energy of an object is the energy which it possesses due to its motion. It is defined as the work needed to accelerate a body of a given mass from rest to its stated velocity. Having gained this energy during its acceleration, the body maintains this kinetic energy unless its speed changes.
The adjective kinetic has its roots in the Greek word κίνησις (kinesis) meaning motion. Gottfried Leibniz and Johann Bernoulli, described kinetic energy as the living force. Penetration depth was proportional to the square of their impact speed.
Energy occurs in many forms, including chemical energy, thermal energy, electromagnetic radiation, gravitational energy, electric energy, elastic energy, nuclear energy, and rest energy. These can be categorized in two main classes: potential energy and kinetic energy.
In physics, potential energy is the energy of an object or a system due to the position of the body or the arrangement of the particles of the system. Potential energy is associated with a set of forces that act on a body in a way that depends only on the body's position in space. If the work of forces of this type acting on a body that moves from a start to an end position is defined only by these two positions and does not depend on the trajectory of the body between the two, then there is a function known as a potential that can be evaluated at the two positions to determine this work.
The more formal definition is that potential energy is the energy difference between the energy of an object in a given position and its energy at a reference position.
It is these two forces, i.e. kinetic and potential, that govern force, i.e. energy transference due to both potentiality and kinetically. The position of one body in relation to another for potentiality and the movement of one or both bodies that provide energy that is transferred into force upon contact be it a fist, foot or elbow, etc.
The kinetic energy is equal to the mass multiplied by the square of the speed, multiplied by the constant 1/2. In formula form:
Now we can go into a lot of formula's similar to this one to explain how one achieves proper energy levels to apply force in stopping an attack, etc. but in truth the end reality is that the bodies movement creates a level of energy that is transferred into the target. It means that a combination of things provide maximum energy levels that result in greater force.
In a nutshell the explanation of the boxer's step punch tells us that when you move the body while adhering to the fundamental principles of martial systems, i.e. posture, alignment, movement, body weight, coordination of body parts, etc., in conjunction with the movement of the body over a distance will create the most power, penetration and transference of said energy or power into a target. Look at it as the difference between a 22cal round vs. a 44 magnum round along with powder, barrel length, etc.
In martial arts look at it as a forward motion of a heavy body with perfect timing of forward movement to stance or kamae positioning, leg, hips, torso, upper body, arms, hands, the speed of the forward movement along with alignment, strength of muscles, bone, cartilage, tendons and finally the lack of movement of the receiving target, etc. If all things are applied optimally you get a large amount of energy transference into the type of force that ends the fight.
In reality tho it is extremely difficult to make all these things come to a solid and complete conclusion ergo why boxing matches and fights tend to go the distance depending on other factors of both the boxing model and the real life model of violence, i.e. social or asocial, etc.
Even this simplified explanation is too darn long. Take it to the dojo floor, the training hall floor, and use heavy bags, makiwara, padded shields and sparring with body armor to really find out just how hard it can be to use these concepts under the influence of emotional turmoil and physical/mental chemical effects on the mind-body-spirit.