From Al Case at Matrix Martial Arts…
Armor in the Martial Arts
and happy work out!
Did you know!
Karate burns 705 calories?
That puts it above circuit training, jogging, running, bicycling,
and a whole bunch of other stuff!
Why do old martial artists get fat?
Because they stand around and teach
and don’t actually train.
Interesting fact, eh?
Let’s talk about armor.
I was just reading an article on Dambe.
Dambe is a martial art developed in Africa by butchers.
I kept reading.
The art uses the lead hand,
which is wrapped in tightly knotted cord.
the fighter’s favorite leg is wrapped in thick chain.
No grab arts,
just a club hand,
swung like a club,
and a foot that if you kick it
your skin flays,
and if it kicks you,
you’ve seen the butcher.
I’ve always liked tales of armor.
On the esoteric side there is the ‘Golden Bell.’
This is a Chinese concept,
you work the body
until it is like iron,
until you are impervious to even bullets.
it didn’t work out too well
during the boxer rebellion.
Then there is good old knight’s armor.
That might resist a bullet,
But it worked against a heavy sword,
if you were lucky
and light on your feet.
Hard to be light on your feet
while wearing 50 pounds of steel.
If you want to resist a bullet,
I just saw a news story on a cop
that lived because he was wearing body armor.
Now you can practice shooting your students…
and make a nasty profit selling kevlar.
let’s get to the nitty gritty.
When I was training
we learned how to take a punch.
We did this by practicing forms
so we learned to breath right.
Then we practiced techniques
using that right breathing
and punched each other.
This lead to the ability
to take a punch.
It took a while to learn.
But there were guys in my school
who could take full kicks to the groin.
I never tried that,
Mrs. Case’s son wasn’t up to that.
it can be done.
I rarely see anybody practicing stuff like that.
Mostly they want to fight.
I always know when a school doesn’t work on how to take a punch,
somebody will hit somebody in the belly,
and the person who has been hit falls down,
Two ways to handle this,
I never see anybody doing this.
Have them lie on their back,
grab their belt
and lift hard.
The theory is that the muscles have been paralyzed by the strike,
and this makes them work again.
The other way is just to grab them under the arms around the body,
this stretches paralyzed muscles.
It’s a pity,
the secret of how to take a punch is in forms,
but so many people don’t want to learn,
they just want to fight.
Knowing a few freestyle tricks
does not encompass the knowledge
that is the martial arts.
Thanks to those who have purchased the book
The Science of Matrixing in the martial arts.
It’s on Amazon.
for those who want to learn how to take a punch the right way,
Check out the Temple Karate
It’s got the original martial arts forms
we used to learn this incredibly valuable ability.
Have an awesome work out!
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