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Whip It Good................

posted May 6, 2011, 11:34 AM by Robb Buckland   [ updated May 6, 2011, 4:44 PM ]
   When we speak in class about genarateing power from the ground up , we use the analogy of the whip being relaxed untill it reaches the end of its arch , when the fibers tense at full extention ....  and arm like the whip mereley is a vehicle,  being relaxed untill point of pressure to maximize speed....(relax then tense on impact, then relax) To appreciate this subtle power, think of a bath towel. It  seems useless as a weapon. But when it is wet, rolled up and snapped a  penetrating whipping force targeted to the eye or throat is devastating.
  In the television show Stan Lee's Superhumans, the Shaolin monk Shi Yan Ming demonstrated his one-inch punch on a crash test dummy. The testing showed it was 1.7 times more injurious than a 30mph car crash with modern safety features.
  The one inch punch is a skill which uses fa jin (translated as explosive power) to generate tremendous amounts of impact force at extremely close distances. When performing this one inch punch the practitioner stands with his fist very close to the target (the distance depends on the skill of the practitioner, usually from 0-6 inches). A quick movement of the wrist produces the force needed, the wrist is held with the knuckles facing out on a horizontal axis, the wrist is then moved up and a strike is produced with the bottom two knuckles. The target in such demonstrations vary, sometimes it is a fellow practitioner holding a phone book on the chest, sometimes wooden boards can be broken.

The one inch punch was made popular in the west when demonstrated by Bruce Lee at Long Beach International Karate Championships in 1964. Bruce Lee learned the technique from his Wing Chun training in Hong Kong. He used the art of Wing Chun as his basis of the art he founded, Jeet Kune Do.




  An example of this type of relaxed focus for bridging the gap between fighters was also demonstrated by Bruce Lee it was dubbed  "unstoppable punch" against USKA world karate champion Vic Moore. Lee told Moore that he was going to throw a straight punch to the face, and all he had to do was to try and block it. Lee took several steps back and asked if Moore was ready, when Moore nodded in affirmation, Lee glided towards him until he was within striking range. He then threw a straight punch directly at Moore's face, and stopped before impact. In eight attempts, Moore failed to block any of the punches.


The lesson .....oh I don't know how bout, relax..... hands up .........controll distance..........and oh yea never , never, never quit.