Jul 10, 2007

The one inch punch explained

May as well do a Bruce Lee one-two--
[Previous post: Dan Insonato's Video: http://punchkickchoke.blogspot.com/2007/07/jeet-kune-do-lessons-from-dan-insonato.html]

As much as I don't approve of kung fu (gung fu, wushu, w/e.) in terms of practicality for self defense, there are things from it I do assimilate into my techniques. While I may not use the one inch punch itself, there are a lot of things to learn from this simple yet extraordinary feat of Martial Arts. Originally derived from Southern Short Fist Kung Fu for generating power at short distances, it's a often debated skill.

Wikipedia Sez: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_inch_punch

So, take a moment, and enjoy this short documentary on the one inch punch:

One Inch Punch Documentary - Click here for more blooper videos

Here's my take on it:

A good quote I found--
"1. Power doesnt come from internal "chi" energy, its the ability to convert muscle power into kinetic energy and force in a short distance, which just involves moving really fast, and pushing off the ground with your rear foot because you're basically pushing off the ground.
2. Training your hand does harden the bone. The bone is damaged and when it repairs itself it comes back harder. Thats why you never break a bone in the same place twice. Fighters train by hitting hard things. It keeps them from breaking bones in real fights. "

That's more or less the truth. However, that doesn't mean there is nothing to learn from the one inch punch or kung fu at all. There are very few moments where the punch can be employed to end a fight, but the mechanics of the punch itself, as simple as it is, once understood, can be incorporated to help you generate an extra little bit of power,without having to "load up." (pulling your arm back for a stronger hit) Dont' get me wrong, the loaded punch will definitely be the stronger punch, but the short punch will be delivered much quicker, and occasionally, that is needed. Best example? The jab.

I'm one of those people who have three different jabs for different purposes: the quick jab, where just the hand moves out, the step in jab, where the foot moves foward as well for some weight behind the punch, and the squared up jab, where my feet are close together, and I trade the possiblity of getting a hook to my ribs for a solid lead hand punch to the jaw (ala Bas Rutten). Now, I'm not telling you to replace your jab with the one inch punch, but following some of the mechanics of it for the first two types of jabs will increase the speed and power of the punches to a significant degree. Why? Because, if you understand how the punch is thrown (you're essentially whipping your whole body slightly, starting from the feet to the hands), you can throw more of your body weight into the jab, which is essentially a weak, fast punch.

I guess my point is, there are people who don't utilize their body weight to their full potential, and using some principles of kung fu, regardless of style, they can begin to do so. So swallow the usual skepticism and go find some articles on generating short power, and speedy weight transfer. At the very least, some papers on plyometric strength.

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