It’s been a long time coming but finally I am nearing the end of the process necessary to publish my book! “The Secret Science of Modern Martial Arts” thought that I would put a sample out before the finished book is ready. Thank you for checking this out!
PSYCHOLOGY OF POWER
Not only are the correct biomechanical movements needed, the coming together of all the above principles are also necessary to achieve power, but also a correct mindset is crucial. If not, all the above is nothing but talk. Part of this is the thought process behind the pulling of the punch. When a punch is practiced in this way, it is usually for a reason; in this case, the protection of your partner. In pulling the punch and using the thought process in this way, you develop muscle pathways that are not congruent with actual punches. Pulling needs to be deleted from your mindset and substituted for accuracy and control. Often the question arises, “What should a student focus on speed, power, or accuracy first?” The answer is accuracy, as even the slowest and weakest student can stand a chance of surviving an attack if their defense is on target.
In producing power through the body in the manner described above, you must have a switch of thoughts. There are arts, which teach many moves, compounded upon each other, and part of the reason for this is that if the first strike does not work, then you can move on quickly to the next and then the next, until the outcome is successful. There is nothing wrong with this, but it can lead to a negative thought process where your moves are not successful. It is more positive to change your thought to the fact that every strike works perfectly. That will never happen and we should always prepare for the next move, but at least it allows us to look at a power strike in a way that is congruent with what will happen when the strike is successful (visualisation!). Take the above reverse punch: executing the punch exactly as described above, your timing is perfect and the angle, torque, backup mass and bracing angle all come together at the right moment. So what should happen from the attacker’s point of view? It would be like them running straight into a moving battering ram. They will react by moving away from the pain. This is the way it should be thought about: if you use complete control in the delivery of your punch, maintaining all the points above, this will protect you and your joints. The attacker’s body moves away from the strike, but you do not move your weapon away from the attacker, unless a different method of delivery is used. This means that once your power has been transferred to your attacker and they have reacted in the correct manner, your fist will be in a new position, away from your body and extended. This becomes your new point of origin where you can move from rather than re-chambering to a different position, unless of course you choose to re-chamber after the punch is completed.