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First Time and Only Time I Ever Hit Somebody with a Karate Punch

How to Abuse a Karate Punch

A Karate punch can be an awesome thing. Proper Karate training and you can break slabs of ice, bundles of boards and bricks, and even kill 1000 pound bulls. You can also make mistakes, such as I will point out in this martial arts article.

I had been training for over twenty years, hitting the makiwara (punching board), practicing with friends, and even writing books on what I had discovered in the martial arts. Interestingly, in all that time I had never actually struck somebody. I knew I had a powerful punch, I had just never used it.

I was managing a hotel in Los Angeles in one of the poorer sections of town. One day I rented out a room to a pleasant fellow, and shortly discovered that I had made a deal with the devil. This fellow had a sideline of selling drugs. Now, aside from actual medical marijuana cases, because of my martial arts training I am pretty low tolerance on drugs.

One sunny afternoon I went upstairs and confronted the fellow, and told him that he had to stop selling drugs. At first he hemmed and hawed, tried to wiggle out, but I kept after him. Finally, he just laughed at me, “The police don’t care, there’s nothing you can do about it, so forget it.”

Stunned, I blurted, “I want you out of here, you’re evicted…now!” He laughed again. “It’ll take you months to evict me.”

I suddenly went calm, and that is a bad thing, for it meant that I had been pushed too far, and I had made up my mind. I sunk my weight into an hourglass stance, energy surged up my frame and pulsed out my arms, and I struck him in the chest with two hardened fists. What happened then was amazing.

Having never struck somebody I had no idea what it would feel like, or what was going to happen. First, I felt this enormous weight coming back up my arms and coursing down my body and into the ground…it was much more mass and resistance than I had imagined. Second, a perceptible second later–that’s right, there was actually time lag before the effects of my karate strike were realized–he began to launch.

He flew up and over the bed and into the wall, and he slowly struggled to his feet, rubbing his chest, his eyes wide, “You can’t do that!” That just enraged me more, and I started after him, then realized that he had told me something important, “Why not?” “Because there is somebody in the closet!

I went to the closet door and opened it, and a naked man stood there shivering in fright. That’s right, the drug dealer was gay, and he had a boyfriend, and…what the heck had I just done? In using my karate punch I had abused the martial arts, another human being, and was left with a very sick feeling.

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The Hard Fist Of Karate Training Makes For An Phenomenally Powerful Punch!

When it comes down to save your bacon self defense, a hard fist is what is needed. Of course, what training method does one follow to make a fist hard enough to create a powerful punch? The answer is through the use of good, solid, sweat your fanny off, Karate training.

Karate is the martial art Mas Oyama, of Kyokushinkai fame, used when he killed bulls, and his hands were reputed to be as hard as steel. Add in the old legends of the Okinawan Karate instructors who could twist raw bamboo into pieces and you really have something. And, the tales of the Karate Masters who could punch a fist right through the body armor of the Japanese Samurai, are the cherry atop the ice cream!

Today, karate training methods promote makiwara training. This is a plank, thinner towards the top, that is sunk in the ground. While punching the Makiwara has much benefit, it does not return one to the training methods of old.

Punching a tapered two by four, you see, can only be done so long, and then the fists start to turn red and ugly and to bruise up. Fifty punches per arm per day is just not enough to make the rock solid fist that we are looking for. No, we need to look a little deeper, go a little more mad dog to find our perfect punch.

Oddly, the method we used in my karate school, and this was over forty years ago, before Karate had a chance to be ‘watered down’ by commercialism, tournaments, protective gear, and that sort of thing, didn’t actually involve the use of the fist. It didn’t use the fist, especially as in bashing, but rather used the fingers. Make the fingers solid, and you have a solid hand.

We started out doing simple push ups. These strengthen the whole body, and they work the punching muscles directly. Then we started altering our push ups.

We would do push ups on our hands, then on our fists, then we would use half-fists, and finally just our fingers. This was incredibly difficult as it required more than just muscle, it required awareness. Eventually, doing our push ups on one single, outstretched finger, and our increased awareness put unbelievable power in our punches.

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The Art of the Hard Fist!


One single, outstretched finger was what we were shooting for. Not a finger and a thumb, not a bent finger or two, but a digit as stiff as a rod. And, our awareness became as stiff as a rod…and as unbending as steel. This is the type of Karate training I always describe for students who want the hard fist that is needed for the strongest punch.

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Martial Arts Instruction Destroyed by Karate Kid!

Nice headline, eh? Karate Kid destroys Martial Arts Instruction, but it’s true, but not in the way you think. I’ll tell you all about it right below the video.

Karate, you see, was taught to the Okinawan bodyguards. When the king went to live in Japan, the bodyguards had nothing to do, so they taught school kids. These are the Karate Kids I’m talking about.

You see, all of the Karate training methods, which have infected many other arts, are for school children. They are designed for rambunctious youths who need to be controlled. Thus, you have endless drilling, techniques watered down so nobody gets injured, and that sort of thing.

Virtually any karate class you join, and most other martial arts classes, train using this method. Line up, do exercises mindlessly, don’t ask questions, and here is the stinker…don’t go looking for any real concepts.

It’s not education, you see, it is mindless, rote memorization of random dances.

The solution, of course, is to find a school which doesn’t teach this way, which encourages questions, and which can make the martial arts fast and easy to learn, the way they were designed to be learned in the beginning.

The problem is that there are no school which do that.

Well, there is one. You can actually pick up CDs and DVDs at Monster Martial Arts which uncover the real core concepts of the martial arts. The real why of things, and not just the how. The result is faster martial arts training, training that works better on the street, and an entirely different way of looking at life.

Monster Martial Arts. check it out.

Karate Work Out Enlightens Workers!

When I was a kid I hated work. I didn’t want to mow the lawn, I didn’t want to do the dishes, I was just a lazy bum.

When did I change? When I started Karate.

Karate, and the martial arts, just gives you a sense of self worth.

You start working out, and the next thing you know you’re carryingin the groceries, doing a little vaccuuming for your mom, even asking your pop if he wants help digging that fencepost.

Truth, I got fired from the first job I ever tried. Guy came out, looked at what I had done, and paid me off on the spot. I decided that would never happen again, and it hasn’t.

I work out, I help people, and when it comes time to leave a job, the boss is always asking me to come back, even offering a little extra money to stay.

That’s the value of a work out.

Sure, Martial Arts are for fighting, but that’s just the icing on the cake.

You got to scratch the skin if you’re going to draw blood.

Monster Martial Arts is the site if you’re a worker type.

See ya.