|DANGEROUS ADVICE ABOUT HITTING, POWER AND BALANCE||by Matt Kovsky, 6th degree Guided Chaos |
There's a lot of bad information floating around the web recently about what it takes to hit hard and effectively in a fight for your life.
Some styles are advocating hitting with everything you've got and blasting through the target, even visualizing sticking to and coming out the other side!
Although this does emphasize the kind of destruction you need to cause to your attacker, and although it is better than playing the game of "scoring points" with so called "surface" strikes, it has a dangerous flaw: a little thing called "over-commitment."
The Most Important Attribute for Saving Your Life Is Balance
Power generation is vital but when it sacrifices your balance in the super-high speed chaos of a real fight you can wind up on your ass if you miss by even one inch, or you slip on blood, or your attacker eludes you. In fact, you can hit dead-on, but because of the looseness, reactivity or defensive skills of your attacker, the expectation of impact and that his body will support your balance is a recipe for disaster.
The trick is to be rooted, balanced and hit with full body unity but to rely on YOUR OWN balance. If you assume the enemy will "be there" when your super-duper John Wayne haymaker connects, you're finished.
How To Develop Power Without Over-commitment
The way you do this is by developing Dropping Energy. Muhammad Ali used a crude form of it when he knocked out Sonny Liston with his infamous "mystery punch." It involved dropping your body weight into the punch via a rapid bending of the knees. Some World War II Close Quarters Combat systems also use this. A far more sophisticated method of developing Dropping Energy actually uses the rebound of your body's inertia after you stop the the drop rather than the massive follow through so common to many martial arts (as well as the drunken "John Wayne" haymakers used in bar fights). The snapping, whipping action of a Dropping Strike is what keeps you from over-committing your balance to a strike. Your target is the center of the mass you intend to hit (for example, approx 3-6 inches deep to the liver or kidneys, 2 inches to the neck, or 1-2 inches to the arms).
Developing Dropping Energy allows you to develop power without chambering, winding up, over-committing your balance via over reliance on pure muscle but, most importantly, by "Containing the Over-travel" and redirecting your power back from the weapon to your root. You instantaneously drop your body weight and then halt the drop, reflect it off your root and channel into whatever weapon you're using. This plyometric rebounding further reinforces your balance and reloads your weapons for further strikes with full body unity. It is the "mystical secret" behind the power of temple-trained tai chi masters (of which virtually none remain alive) that anyone can learn with practice--because it's really nothing but simple physics and body mechanics, made even simpler and more effective by John Perkins' Guided Chaos Dropping principles.
But can you really hit hard this way? Ask again after Grand Master John Perkins has "tapped" you with a completely neutered Drop Punch.
You'll be the one who feels "neutered."