6/10/2005 9:45am, #11Originally Posted by lawdog
The only thing in the article that I don't completely agree with is the resistance training aspect. I love strength training and have always done alot of it. I believe it has greatly improved my grappling game. I do not believe it has ever done much for my striking power, and at times I think it might have actually hurt it. In my opinion, striking power is simply speed+technique. I believe that a certain level of muscular strength is required, but once that level is reached, anything more is not beneficial (with the possible exception of core strength). In fact, I believe that in many cases, too much muscular size (a direct effect of increasing strength) might actually reduce striking power by slowing down the strike.
6/10/2005 9:47am, #12Originally Posted by Lights Out
6/10/2005 9:51am, #13Originally Posted by lawdog
Now I´m carefully trying to bulk slower and focus in adapting my "new" muscle to my technique.
I think it depends on how can you translate your gained muscle to your technique.
6/10/2005 9:58am, #14Originally Posted by Lights Out
6/10/2005 10:03am, #15Originally Posted by Koto_Ryu
Work on the heavy bag to get the correct technique now that you are (probably) heavier.
Paos and focus mits will help you regain your speed and timming.
Spar to make all things work together.
And before you ask, no, I can´t be more obvious. :happy3:
6/10/2005 10:07am, #16
Great article. Thanks for posting it. While I am familiar with much of the technique, I found the history and anecdotes very interesting.If God carried a gun, it would be a 1911.
Assiduus usus uni rei deditus et ingenium et artem saepe vincit - Cicero
Fortitudine Vincimus - Ernest Shackelton :englishmo
A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. - John Stuart Mill
6/10/2005 10:09am, #17Originally Posted by Ktulu
6/10/2005 11:22am, #18
Thanks for all the input, comments, and rep guys. Much appreciated :thumbsup:
6/10/2005 8:20pm, #19
The "whip" is one of the most common form of power generation found in norhtern CMA.
The falling step + the "grab" is the main "secret" to Baji style hitting. I was a little bit surprised to see the "grab" spelled out in a boxing context. There's not hardly any details I can think of that you missed and the one's I can think of are maybe a bit esoteric to be be easily taken seriously. It's a common thing in CMA to be taught to "grab the ground with your toes" as you hit. You also didn't go into any of the breathing techniques to boost power.
Pretty comprehensive though.
6/10/2005 8:32pm, #20
...I was also thinking....there's different schools of thought on the foot work. Experts do not agree. Some say lift the heel for greater reach and follow through. Some say plant it for better "drive". I've watched old tapes and noticed the pros use both. IMO the "heavy hitters" tend to plant but this is not an absolute rule. There's other variations but I think they almost deserve their own article.
The other thing that got me thinking was that the "whip" kind of interferes with some of the other stuff. I used to have really elastic whippy punches and since getting into Baji I've had to kind of train my self out of that habit. I think it's a good learning metaphore but once you've kind of engained it then you need to "internalise" that aspect and make the movements smaller and more controlled. Like you kind of have that feeling going through your body but if you go overboard with it you end up with a lot of wasted motion and you tend to sacrifice some structural integrety at impact. I think over time you (I) need less whip and more grab + falling step.
"reciprocal power" for lack of a better term was left out. Putting more energy into pulling the other hand back or in some cases, like with Baji, even putting some energy in to "striking" backwards with your back, rear leg, shoulders etc as your "primary" attack goes out forward. . . . .but that's getting really out there and hard to explain.