Punching as a natural mechanism of Self Defense.
Let’s pretend that you are in the middle of your REM sleep phase: everything is quiet, your heart rate is at its lowest, and your brain cannot be bothered to be preoccupied. All of a sudden you are woken up by someone attacking you. You are now awake for five seconds, and probably your soul is far away from being back into your body. Question is:
How will you defend yourself? Simple: tough and old school punching.
You are wondering why? The reason is simple: your reptilian brain, along with the fact that “simplicity is a feature”, has chosen that this mechanism of protection is the one that works, regardless of factors like:
- your fitness level and relative power
- having none or deep knowledge in martial arts
- thinking about another alternative to defend yourself
Indeed, after that a couple of punches have finally waken you up, it’s clear that you are going to use the best of your martial skills to end the fight quick and easy.
The moral of the story.
With this very unlikely early-morning scenario we want to prove to you that – no matter how many types of punches you know – they will be all and silently put aside when your survival instinct takes over in a situation of danger.
How to throw a perfect Punch.
In order to maximize efficiency and minimize risk of injury, following the following tips will make you throw the perfect punches.
- Density first: don’t leave any gap within your punch. Simply think which between a mud brick with holes and one without is more powerful: the one that won’t break!
- Impact on the strongest knuckles: the first two ones after your thumb. Better throwing ten weak punches than a powerful one followed by a broken bone!
- It’s not the punch that hits the target, but all the parts of your body that synergistically throw the punch! (a clear example is the Wrecking ball)
- Don’t drive with the handbrake on, learn to relax!
- Invest in your physical training, or you will stand no chance.
- Make your weapons as tough as steel with proper Bone and Muscle Conditioning (BMC)
The shape that sets the type of Sword.
Throughout the development of modern Martial Arts, styles over styles have codified a list of never-ending shapes: as a consequence of this slow but impacting evolution of the Art of War, the types of punches in Martial Arts are today so numerous and different as the number of songs that musical notes can compose.
Why there are so many types of punches in Martial Arts, then? Did people just wast their time inventing new ones?
Choosing a particular shape of fist in a fight, rather than the traditional one, may lead you to succeed as long as a proper Bone and Muscle Conditioning (BMC) is introduced alongside your daily training, and the same passion and dedication is carried on as well as in all other martial aspects of a your martial practice. Some Martial Arts styles are famous for having a range of different types of fists (see Karate-fist types): the reason beyond this fact is the outcome you want to get from the fight. Generally speaking, an open-hand fist straight on your ear would generate an even greater damage when compared to a punch in the eye, which shows an incredibly important thing: when the right shape meet the right target, consequences are devastating. In the past centuries, people fought for their survival, so it’s clear that Martial Artists developed particular fists in order to finish the fight quickly and deadly.
Forging your Hands for a longer Battle.
Wouldn’t be enough for a sword to be just shaped instead of being forged? Warrior in Middle ages knew that it is not just skill that decides the outcome of a battle, but the ability for their weapon to last not only until the end, but for all their upcoming battles.