You cannot say that you are a man if you cannot fight. As simple as that. If you fight better, you incidentally become a better man. People would say that nowadays, in the era of cameras, guns, safe spaces, and “muh feelings,” hand-to-hand to combat is obsolete. I could not disagree more.
Fighting is needed in this day and age more than ever before. By being exposed to this real violence, you become slowly impervious to it. You can distance yourself from it, think in a clearer manner and act accordingly. You learn that you are not fragile and that when someone strikes you, you strike right back.
I have fought most of my life, learned different arts and used many techniques. But nothing is as efficient as perfectly mastered, simple techniques. Today, I will share with you what I consider the most useful tools in the box.
The hand techniques
We will focus here on the upper limbs, in a situation of unarmed combat. I have a limited experience in the “soft” arts such as Tai Chi and Qui Gong so this series uses techniques coming from the “hard” arts.
Disclaimer : These are suggestions to add to your training sessions. You must practice regularly and under the supervision of a qualified teacher.
1. The lead hand pull and back hand strike
I find this technique more effective against an opponent using a southpaw stance. The important element is surprise.
2. The palm heel strike
This move is effective and simple to use, but it is usually proscribed in a competitive environment as it can damage the bones of the face easily or cause severe damage. It reduces your risks of knuckle and wrist injuries compared to a regular closed-fist punch, when the articulations are cold for instance.
3. The ear slap from waist level
NOTE: This is a self defense move. This strike usually results in the perforation of the ear drum.
An alternative is to hit the zone of the chin and jaw.
A powerful slap is sometimes sufficient to knock out or disorientate someone caught off guard.
4. The upward elbow block and elbow strike
This move has been popularized by the introduction of Muay Thai to Westerners. It can be executed in one or two steps, depending of the distance that separates you from the opponent
Now it is time to bring those ideas to the dojo and learn them. They should be practiced once a week. There is no “minimum length” or “end” of practice. I am not telling you how to take antibiotics.
The human body comes with lower limbs even more powerful than the upper ones! Stay tuned for Part II where I will share with you the right techniques to kick your way to victory.