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Karate Chop Cowboy Beats the Burglar Armed with a Gun!

Cowboy Karate Chop Break Burglars Brain!

Karate Chop is more powerful than a gun! Consider the tale of Ervin Brittnacher, who lives just outside Houston, Texas. He is a 79 year old Cowboy, who is  a member of the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. One would think that such an oldster is past his prime, his martial arts would be weak, and he would be easy pickings for a criminal, right?


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Ervin Brittnacher

Late one night our Karate Chop cowboy heard his dog barking and got up to investigate. Opening the front door he found one Charles Smith standing there holding a gun.

Ervin had several choices. He could pick up one of his own guns, which stood conveniently next to the door, and blast a hole through the brisket of the burglar…but he decided to take a kindlier route, and did a karate chop to the neck.

The young criminal immediately knew he was in trouble. He started blathering about his girlfriend being there.

Our kindly cowboy actually invited the dope inside to see for himself!

And, end of the story, the police were also invited, and they took Charlie into custody, and to jail, where he was charged with attempted burglary.

In the above video the author celebrates 61 with a little Martial Arts. Go to Blinding Steel at MonsterMartialArts.com if you want to learn how to subdue an attacker armed with a weapon, no matter how young or old you are!

Ervin Brittnacher had never taken Karate, or tae kwon do, or any other martial art, but he is a tough old bird and a natural karate punch, and a knowledge of how to dismember the human body. It didn’t take much for Ervin to put together the karate movies he had seen with what he had to do to defend himself!

Charlie Smith has also never taken martial arts, but he may want to take a karate lesson or two after he gets out of the hoosegow. Honestly, beaten up by an old man!

But that’s the power of the martial arts, and a karate chop, and that’s how one old cowboy took a karate chop to a gunfight and won!

This has been a page about taking a karate chop to a gunfight and coming out on top!

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How to Break A Brick with a Karate Chop

Breaking Things is Fun!

Yes, breaking things with a karate chop or a kung fu punch or whatever is fun. Lots of fun. In fact, if more cops knew how to break bricks there would be less police brutality.

Okay, I had to throw that last one in, but it is true.

good karate punchFirst, cook the brick. Couple of hours at 300 degrees. This will remove all moisture from the brick, and will make it brittle and easy to break.

Second, place the brick one end on the ground, and the other end over the end of another brick. The brick will be slanted, and you can angle your hand in at a good angle.

Third, hold the upper end of the brick, start your strike, and drop the upper end of the brick so that the brick hits the brick it is atop of at the same time your hand hits the brick. Make sure you bpractice making your hand loose, then tight when you strike the brick.

This should break or shatter the brick fair easy.

Now, let’s up it.

First, place two bricks on the ground a fraction less than the length of a brick.

Second, place the dry brick on the two bricks.

Third, best to use a palm at first. Focus your strike, make it soft and loose, then snap it and tighten it a quarter inch or so into the brick. You can put your intention all the way through the brick, but I like the quick, snappy breaks. As long as your intention enters the brick this is merely a matter of preference.

Because the brick is very dry it should break, maybe even shatter, very easily. Also, you can place a light cloth, a washcloth or something, over the brick to protect the hand.

Now, let’s up it.

Try the first break again, but this time with an uncooked brick. Don’t get a new or wet brick, or one that’s been rained on. Get one that is sun dried and hasn’t been rained on for a while. An old brick is going to be easier than a new brick.

Once you’ve got that, do the second break, but, again, with an uncooked brick.

There you go, time to impress the girls and frighten the bullies.

Interestingly, you will find that the most important item in breaking bricks with a karate chop or kung fu punch, os the technique, and technique can better be developed with a good course of instruction, such as those at Monster Martial Arts, or with a simple book like ‘The Punch.’

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Karate Chop Is Not The Deadliest Weapon In All of Karate

Karate Chop…Is It the Best Karate Tool for Killing Attackers?

Karate chop him, yelled the girl, and I laughed. This was a movie where neither the actor, the writer, the director, not nobody, knew the martial arts. See, people used to think that a karate chop to the neck would kill people outright, of course, this was a while ago.

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What Can You Really Do with Martial Arts Chi Power?

When I first began studying Chinese Kenpo Karate I was told that a spear hand to the solar plexus or the neck was the deadliest martial arts attack on earth. Just stick those stiff fingers in the soft areas and watch ’em die. This was better than a karate chop, but only by a little.

Then I heard about the Dim Muk, or Death Touch. You touch somebody on a spot somewhere on the body and they drop dead at a precise time. Of course, it would take twenty years to master the Chi Power, memorize the points of the body and times they were vulnerable, and by that time I’d be old and too slow to do such a thing.

One day a fellow was walking past my Karate instructor with a piece of thin particle board. He suddenly stopped, grinned, and braced the board. Break this, he asked my karate instructor.

My instructor’s name was Bob Babich, and he was a short, thin fellow. Given the target, he dropped his weight, twisted his hips, and snapped a single finger out. A single finger, and when he withdrew it, there was a nice, neat, little hole in the particle board.

Many people think I am telling tales when I repeat this story, but the fact is that the single finger trick could be done by no less than fifty people on the Island of Taiwan back in the fifties. Many of the kung Fu masters from across China had gone to that little country to escape communism, and they were able to do things. Unfortunately, there were not enough students, the gene pool was not as large as China, after all, and the single finger trick has pretty well disappeared.

One of the martial artists who could almost do the single finger technique was Bruce Lee. He could stab a finger in a soda (beer) can and leave a hole, and this was back in the day before cans were made of aluminum. He was a fantastic martial artist, and one wonders whether he would have mastered the single finger trick if his life hadn’t been cut short.

At any rate, when students ask me what the deadliest karate trick is I tell them about the single finger. It is not a story, it is the result of real and dedicated training in the martial arts, and that includes karate, kung fu, or any other legitimate martial art that has stood the test of time. And, as for the karate chop, that is a good karate technique, but it is only the first step.

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Karate Strike to Face Results in Death Row!

Close Combat Self DefenseI was always told that there was one Karate Strike that was so bad you would kill somebody, and end up on death row, if you used it.

I heard this first as a rumor, then Karate instructors told me about it, and I always wondered if such a thing was so deadly, why weren’t the newspapers filled with stories of murder, why weren’t the hospitals and morgues filled with victims. I mean, it seemed the easiest martial arts technique in the world!

I am talking about the palm heel to the nose.

The story goes that if you strike somebody up the nose with your palm heel, the nose will shatter, and the nose bone will break loose and be driven in to the brain, and there will be death.

Well, of course! A nasty splinter of a bone driving right through the brain?

But, of course, the hospitals weren’t full, and people with bone punctured brains weren’t filling the morgues, and then I realized something: there is no bone in the nose.

Look at it. Look at a skull. Where the nose is is a hole! The nose is made of cartilage,. Cartilage is soft connective tissue, it is not bone, it is spongy. So when somebody talks about hitting the hose so hard the bone breaks and splinters are driven into the brain, just think of hitting somebody in the nose with a sponge. And no Karate chop, karate punch, nor karate strike of any kind, is going to cause such a case of death that you go to death row.

If you want to put science in your karate strike, check out ‘The Punch,’ at Monster Martial Arts.