Jun 01 2009

Leg power for striking timings

Published by at 8:33 pm under Questions for Anton

Before you get carried away and say Mr.P you have talked a lot about striking already, what more can there possibly be?  We must examine how our legs are used in the strikes.

Just a review the there timings are:

1. Step then strike (longest range)

2. Step and strike at the same time (mid range)

3. Strike then step (close range)

I mention these timings from the start of training.  When you are learning the techniques of 9th kyu you should already have this in mind.  It stops the ridiculous Bujinkan tendency to do lunge punches when you are so close a reverse punch will do.

Why do we learn the lunge punch then, the blog reader asked nonplussed by the dilemma?  Because covering the greatest distance and doing the first mentioned timing is the easiest way to generate the power.

You see when you step then punch you can treat the stepping leg as the power generator.  It pulls you forward, and twists your body.  Just add the sink to brace yourself and you have one powerful strike. The third timing is a bit more difficult, you are pulling forward with the lead leg.  Once again this twists your body and generates power. The second timing is the most difficult.  Power is generated using both legs.  There are two pulls involved with this punch, with the lead leg and the stepping leg after you break the centre point of the punch.

I have been saying recently that if you want to add power, move strongly with the legs and keep the upper body relaxed.  When you work with this concept (whether it be new, old or just a different method of articulation) keep this strong lower body relaxed upper body in mind.  It will help all aspects of your taijutsu.

Your life is on the line, train well.

3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Leg power for striking timings”

  1. Bradon 02 Jun 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Very interesting post

  2. Brianon 03 Jun 2009 at 12:40 am

    Thanks, this is a good insight in my opinion and i am glad i asked…

  3. Ericon 06 Jun 2009 at 6:17 pm

    How would you generate power with a kick? Do the dynamics change when you’re striking with your lower body?

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