[I:http://martialarts.surrey-sussex.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/AlCase23.jpg]When I read that headline, which compared a hard fist to a shotgun blast to the face, I laughed, and I groaned. I laughed because it was so over the top that it would pull in tons of readers. I groaned because it is so far away from what a real Powerful Punch is.
The headline came from one of these internet pages. You know the ones I’m talking about. They hit you with the headline, then splash you with ‘Gee, I’m like you,’ and if you give me money you can kill the bullies.’
Now, aside from the idea that killing, even of a bully, is not a great thing to do, there is the misrepresentation of what a punch is. Do you know how much power comes out of a a discharging shotgun? Do you know how much roid rage you’d have to store up inside yourself to actually knock somebody in the face as hard as a load of buckshot?
And, if you were fighting ten idiots, would you be able to build up that much rage, and keep it going it long enough to hit ten guys in the face? Can you see that this shotgun power headline is not really rational? Can you see that it plays to the emotional child hiding cowering inside, offering a solution that is nothing but comic book?
I’ve written more than a hundred thousand words on how to punch. I’ve written these words in kung fu articles and karate instruction manuals, and, beyond that spoken a few hundred thousand words on the subject in martial arts video courses. So let me give you the real data on what a punch is.
Body alignment. Intention. Using as little energy as possible.
Go over that last paragraph again, because it says it all. On one of my courses I instruct a fellow on how to punch properly. No, it’s not three months of just punching, it is only five minutes of how to punch at the start of some twenty odd lessons, and focusing on how to actually accomplish those three concepts I mentioned in the last paragraph.
The punching part of the lesson is four minutes and fifty seconds of working, until he understands, and the next lesson is four minutes and forty seconds of working, and then four minutes and thirty seconds until he understands, and so on, until he finally does his perfectly aligned, intense, effortless punch the first time. Personally, I don’t think training somebody to launch a shotgun blast to the face is very much fun, or very efficient; I would much rather train him how to make a powerful punch with no effort, a perfectly aligned body, and the correct knowledge of what a punch is.