Please take a look at Articles on self-defense/conflict/violence for introductions to the references found in the bibliography page.

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Hey, NOTHING here is PERSONAL, get over it - Teach Me and I will Learn!

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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Note: I will endevor to provide a bibliography and italicize any direct quotes from the materials I use for this blog. If there are mistakes, errors, and/or omissions, I take full responsibility for them as they are mine and mine alone. If you find any mistakes, errors, and/or omissions please comment and let me know along with the correct information and/or sources.

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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 (note: you are on your own, make sure you get expert hands-on guidance in all things martial and self-defense)

“All I say is by way of discourse, and nothing by way of advice. I should not speak so boldly if it were my due to be believed.” - Montaigne

I am not a leading authority on any one discipline that I write about and teach, it is my hope and wish that with all the subjects I have studied it provides me an advantage point that I offer in as clear and cohesive writings as possible in introducing the matters in my materials. I hope to serve as one who inspires direction in the practitioner so they can go on to discover greater teachers and professionals that will build on this fundamental foundation. Find the authorities and synthesize a wholehearted and holistic concept, perception and belief that will not drive your practices but rather inspire them to evolve, grow and prosper. My efforts are born of those who are more experienced and knowledgable than I. I hope you find that path! See the bibliography I provide for an initial list of experts, professionals and masters of the subjects.

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About Karate's Rising/Straight Punch

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link)

Over the years as you can imagine I have worked not just in teaching newbies the straight punch but analyzing it for protection-defense to find that it is lacking in getting the job done, i.e., stopping a predatory attack and as a second, stopping a fight. Just this sentence has a plethora of topics within that must be covered in other lessons so as you probably already know as a professional skilled sensei or senpai, don’t forget to cover that martial too. 

One of the most important defense-protection empty hand moves one must master in karate is the punch and I can tell you one of the best sources for that is not karate, it is Jack Dempsey’s book on champion boxing. In my review of his martial a point he makes concerns what we in karate use, practice and belief to be a very powerful punch, it isn’t. Let me paraphrase what Mr. Dempsey says about that punch.

“The stepping jolt (what many refer to as the drop step punch) must not be confused with the ‘ordinary straight punch’ that is delivered at medium range without moving the feet, that depends almost entirely on shoulder whirl.” He then reiterate that the stepping jolt is a much more powerful explosive blow. 

In my perception and perspective with a bit from actual experience movement, movement of the body mass even slightly, is critical to deliver stopping power especially in defense-protection. All assuming that you actually will use a fist strike to stop the attack/attacker as other hand positions are superior simply because the fist breaks even when skilled, experienced (using gloves in competition mostly) and developed through bag and makiwara training and practices. 

So, if this is true then why do karate sensei/senpai teach the straight punch? This falls back to basics and fundamentals because everyone has to start somewhere to learn methodologies, principles and then experience them in ways that can be used to transition from novice-beginner baby-steps to full-fledged abilities, skills and training experiences to make the leap from training to reality. 

I can imagine now how you probably already asked yourself, “how do I learn this?” That takes several steps on your part. First, get Jack Dempsey’s book; second, find a boxing gym that actually knows and uses his principles of boxing/punching; third, practice the drop step until you can do it with both positions, i.e,, right foot forward - left foot forward, etc. Then learn how to box in the ring and remember that in all sport oriented boxing/martial competitions with full contact all depend on the boxing punching/punches as a mainstay. Add in that for protection-defense the lessons of mass body movement, gravity and the drop step all work whether you use a fist, the open hand (superior to fist in my mind) or elbows, etc., and kicks to stop an attack/attacker. 

Then you can begin to incorporate all those other traits, concepts, philosophies and legal/social lessons that govern, dictate and create requirements toward handling all the ramifications. As to sport, it is already a legal acceptance to breaking the law by fights and is already governed by rules, regulations and requirements to remain as safe as humanly possible. 

Dempsey, Jack. “Championship Fighting: Explosive Punching and Aggressive Defense.” Simon & Schuster. New York. 1950, 1978, 2015 ISBN: 978-1-5011-1148-8

For reference and sources and professionals go here: Bibliography (Click the link)

1 comment:

John Vesia said...

PDF link to Dempsey's book here.