Mechanics of Strikes
No matter what anyone says, size and strength do matter. Two of the aims of self defense then, are to increase the amount of strength you have and to learn how to use that strength more effectively. Here we will discuss the second of those two – how to easily overpower someone your own strength or give you a more even chance against someone a lot stronger.
The body is mechanical, and with all machines, the efficiency you get out of it will depend on how you use it. When it comes to self defense, there are two main aspects: 1) knowing the technique, and 2) using the technique with the required power and speed.
Out of these two, it is important to understand the technique first and then add the power and speed. If technique is learned first, speed and power will always come: if speed is learned first, bad technique will always stay.
This chapter will cover the mechanics of moving, and includes:
- Centre of Distance - how too close or too far from your opponent weakens your technique
- Centre of Power - how too far left or right weakens your technique
- Stepping forward and backward - stance is required for a fast and strong technique, so moving is important
- Breathing and yells - when andhow breathing strengthens your technique
- Extension and retraction of arms - improving speed and power while minimizing how the opponent can counter your technique
- Extension and retraction of legs- improving speed and power while minimizing how the opponent can counter your technique
- Rotation of the hands - how rotation of the hands aids your techniques