Karate Punch is famous for its power. Mas Oyama breaks bricks and kills bulls, Okinawan masters break rocks and disarm samurai, and so on. Good examples of Karate power.
And, to be truthful, many of these techniques are done by moving the weight forward, from shifting from the back stance to the front stance. There is a lot of power in the karate technique when you put your weight into it.
Use the whole body when you do a Karate punch.
But what if you are backing up, or otherwise don’t have the room? Well, you could use an elbow strike, nothing wrong with that, but what if, for whatever reason, you prefer a punch. Maybe you don’t want to get that close to a grappler, and a punch will kepp him back? In that case you want to sink your weight down the back leg and punch with the rear hand.
This is frowned upon by many classical martial artists, but it is a strong punch, and it has the added value of developing chi.
When you go to the front stance you tend to work on muscle and weight, and you are not afforded the chi power that you are really capable of.
When you Karate punch off the back leg you make the rear leg work harder, which makes the tan tien work harder (the tan tien is the energy generator just below the navel), which causes chi power to manifest and build.
Simply, doing a karate punch in this manner tends to cause one to be more aware of the body structure and what is happening, and awareness builds more chi power.
Interestingly, while I can punch hard with a front stance punch, I can’t do things like put out a candle from over a foot away. In the back stance I can. I’ll give you the link below if you want to see this.
While I can karate punch harder when shifting from a back stance to a front stance, I can punch harder with less effort out of the back stance. To punch harder with less effort is the real martial art here.
For people who don’t understand the value of punching harder with less effort, I recommend you find the video of Bruce Lee doing the one inch punch.
And that is the reason one would karate punch off the back leg when doing the martial arts.
(Bruce Lee One Inch Punch article originally published at MonsterMartialArts.com)
The Bruce Lee One Inch Punch has taken on mythic proportions. People watch Bruce Lee movies like enter the Dragon, and then they look into the history Little Dragon, and when they see the famous Bruce Lee Punch their jaws drop and they think it can only be done by a super human.
The fact is, the Bruce Lee One Inch Punch can be done by anyone, if they are willing to understand some basic concepts and do a little hard work. Before we start, however, let me state that when you google Bruce Lee One Inch Punch you will find wikihow, and they will offer a five step explain on the thing. The problem is that the Wikihow description is for a Karate Punch! It’s not Bruce Lees Martial Arts at all!
Bruce Lee could do a push up on one finger, that certainly helped!
And, you will also find sites explaining the thing through an analysis of the Bruce Lee One Inch Punch power through brains scans, and all sorts of other things. You will also find people claiming, in spite of the Long Beach one inch punch video, that the Bruce Lee One Inch Punch video is fake! Can’t even believe their own eyes. Sheesh.
Okay, now you know where not to look, let me give the simple explanation in simple physics.
When you punch you must sink your weight into the ground, and lean slightly forward so that your body weight goes into the punch. Then it is all a matter of martial arts timing.
Yes, it is that simple. But, the one thing that nobody seems to want to understand, or even to say-and this is the real secret behind the Bruce Lee One Inch Punch-is that Jun Fan (his real Chinese name) studied classical Kung Fu!
It was his studies in Wing Chun that enabled him to do many of the things he did.
Now, it is true that it was his amazing work ethic, his 24/7 obsession with martial arts, that enabled him to translate that classical knowledge into something that worked. But the basic knowledge came from Classical Wing Chun Kung Fu.
I know this to be true because it was in my studies of Classical Karate, and I have seen it in virtually all other traditional martial arts.
The problem with people not being able to do what Bruce did is twofold. First, because the martial arts happened so fast in the United States and the world, much of the knowledge was lost, not passed on.
The second thing, of course, is that people don’t have the intense desire that Bruce Lee had.
That said, the simple description you have here is only one, little, teensy piece of the puzzle. It won’t do you any good unless you decide to learn, and commit yourself to studying the Martial Arts.
And, to insure that you are able to do such things as the One Inch Punch, the physics, the ‘secrets,’ have been resurrected and written down and put on video at Monster Martial Arts.
I know some people will tune this out, and think, yeah, scam, but let me explain a simple fact.
In ‘The Punch,’ just to mention one of the martial arts training programs, There are a hundred pages, and these one hundred pages detail the five ways of doing a martial arts punch, and the correct order.
That’s something that nobody knows. A complete step by step sequence of ALL the things necessary to a true martial arts punch.
Most martial arts instructors tell you to hit the bag, or have you strike air, or do your forms, and they never explain the things that are really happening. That’s not learning knowledge, that’s monkey see monkey do, and it will take you a lifetime to get where you are going!
Or, if you are lucky enough to actually find somebody who teaches an authentic and real and true martial arts system, they usually only know one system, or, at the very least, not enough systems to have the full range of knowledge that The Little Dragon had, and which enabled him to do his One Inch Punch.
So a lifetime of sweating and bleeding, and then you have to be pretty lucky and find the right system and not get waylaid by marriage and kids and education and career changes and car accidents and all of that sort of stuff…or just get the book, get the knowledge!…and simply do it!
Remember, the Secret of the Bruce Lee One Inch Punch is not just the simple three steps I have explained here, but the fact that he he had committed himself to learning ALL of the martial arts.
To find the real secrets behind the Bruce Lee One Inch Punch, and all the other amazing things he could do, go to The Punch!