Punching Hard

The prin­ci­ples of effec­tive punch­ing are: decep­tion, effec­tive weight trans­fer­ence, and place­ment. Ide­ally a blow will uti­lize all three but any one of them is enough to cre­ate a punch that will knock the aver­age man unconscious.

If a man is expect­ing to get hit, if he can see the punch com­ing and steel him­self to its impact, then it’s unlikely that the blow will pro­duce a knock­out. It’s more effec­tive to hit a man with a lighter punch that he doesn’t see com­ing than a heav­ier blow which he has pre­pared him­self for, even if only for a frac­tion of a frac­tion of a second.

A good method of deceiv­ing your oppo­nent as to the tim­ing and place­ment of a blow is to “hide” the punch inside a series of lighter shots. There­fore, you should always throw more than one punch and never try to “pot shot” your oppo­nent with one punch from the out­side. Keep your hands up and chin down, tucked behind the lead shoul­der, and com­mit to start­ing and fin­ish­ing exchanges with your oppo­nent. It’s within these exchanges that most dam­age is done.

By feint­ing to one part of the body and throw­ing to another you can catch your oppo­nent unaware or make him defend the wrong part him­self. Feint­ing should be done with the shoul­ders, head, eyes and feet and not just the arms. Effec­tive feints are small and sub­tle and are con­cerned with dis­rupt­ing your opponent’s rhythm ever so slightly.

Effec­tive body punch­ing both drains your oppo­nent of vital­ity and also makes feints more effec­tive. In addi­tion to set­ting up a knock­out blow to the chin with repeated punches and feints to the body, a rarer and more ele­gant tech­nique is to feint to the head and deliver a well-placed and accu­rate left hook to the opponent’s body when he doesn’t expect it.

Also effec­tive is to cause your oppo­nent to cover up his head with a light com­bi­na­tion then shoot a quick, accu­rate left hook which touches the short ribs just under the chest. This is how Bernard Hop­kins stopped Oscar De La Hoya when they fought. This shot, when landed cor­rectly, is the sin­gle most unpleas­ant blow to get hit with in box­ing and is the only punch that I know of that is so inca­pac­i­tat­ing that it will make a trained pro­fes­sional boxer quit.

Through the cor­rect trans­fer­ence of your body’s weight tremen­dous force can be gen­er­ated in your punches over very short dis­tances and with lit­tle vis­i­ble move­ment. This is the secret to infight­ing. The weight of the body should move up from the feet through the legs, hips, core, then shoul­ders and arms and be deliv­ered on the end of the fist with a snap. The move­ment is akin to the way one shifts the weight from one foot to another when danc­ing in place. Flu­id­ity is essen­tial and coor­di­na­tion has more to do with punch­ing effec­tively than bod­ily strength.

Raw speed and reflex­ive abil­ity are inher­ent and can­not be devel­oped if you‘re not blessed with them from the get go. How­ever, rhythm and tim­ing can be devel­oped with prac­tice. A fighter who has good tech­nique, i.e. throws short straight punches, and who has devel­oped his abil­ity to time his oppo­nents will seem fast whether he is or isn’t. The great nul­li­fier of an opponent’s supe­rior hand speed is a con­sis­tent and steady jab.

A boxer’s body and abil­ity to punch must be con­di­tioned through count­less repeated move­ment, drills, shadow box­ing and spar­ring. This process takes years of train­ing and the ath­letic prime of a boxer is typ­i­cally only a few years (27–31). This is why a really excel­lent boxer who has long-term suc­cess in the ring is such a rar­ity and one of the most remark­able occur­rences in the sports world.

MMA Paranaesis

Don’t give up. This doesn’t mean charge blindly into destruc­tion or court hard­ship just to prove how tough you are, but always rec­og­nize your authen­tic will instead of your ani­mal appetites and develop the first unfail­ingly as a means to mas­ter the sec­ond. Use every­thing you have, com­mit and don’t hold back. Choose wisely what you do then expend your­self fully in what­ever you put your hand to. In this way you will mar­shal all of your resources and develop new ones as well. Always attack. Elim­i­nate every ves­tige of pas­siv­ity from your mind. Never hold back because of a fear of fail­ure or dis­ap­point­ment. Courage devours aggres­sion. This is because courage increases and rein­forces itself while blind rage burns out. For­ti­tude beats cun­ning in the end. Be first. Seize the ini­tia­tive. Wake up. Be alert to as much as you can. Live with energy. Always think in terms of win­ning. Don’t just sur­vive. Be con­stantly aware of the cir­cum­stances for vic­tory and watch for them. Close the show when the chance comes. Pre­pare. Focus on tech­nique. Details mat­ter. A mas­tery of prac­ti­cal­i­ties will pro­duce con­fi­dence and elim­i­nate inde­ci­sion. If your limbs are tied up, move for­ward with your mind until you free your­self. When you do, the power of Prov­i­dence will be at your back. To really live you must have courage. Courage is a func­tion of char­ac­ter. Char­ac­ter is a func­tion of self-control, humil­ity and love.

“Size Matter Not” or does it?

“Go to the Ant thou Sluggard, Consider her Ways and Be Wise…”

Proverbs 6:6

When you want to overawe a man and usurp the rational power of his mind it’s an ancient and effective technique to make him feel physically small in comparison to something else. Drawing his inference from the natural world, man equates his lack of comparative size to weakness and, in a short intuitive leap, to metaphysical inconsequence.

The Pyramids, the great temples of Balbak, Karnak and Angkor Watt, St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the Spring Temple Buddha of Zhoacun Township in China which stands over 500 feet tall, demonstrate that the rhetorical trick of the monumental display is thousands of years old and as strong today than ever.

In The Force Awakens it’s cosmic villainy that casts itself large. The Starkiller base is many times larger than the original Death Star, which itself was famously the size of a small moon. The storm troopers of the First Order stage a giant Nazi- like rally, complete with maniacal, screeching, oratory. Most conspicuously, the Arch Villain, the quasi-mystical Supreme Leader Snoke is seen as a giant hologram 100 feet tall.

Conversely, in the Star Wars Universe, the good guys are often small in number and size. It’s a rag tag group of only six that rescues Lea from the thousands of imperial troops in a New Hope and in the set battle pieces the rebels are always outnumbered. Yoda, perhaps the most powerful character in the series, is also the smallest. “Size matters not,” he tells Luke on Dagobah.

Notably the first thing you notice about Kylo Ray when he makes his initial appearance on screen in the new film, aside from his mask, is that he’s a normal sized man, not nearly as imposing as Darth Vader, who when in his full armor, was supposed to be nearly be 7 feet tall.