Showing posts from May, 2018

Taekwondo WTF vs ITF

WTF : Headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. Strong control over its huge population of member countries. HQ building is the well-known "Kukkiwon." ITF : used to be controled by Gen. Choi Hong Hi, but after his death there were splits and now there are several rival ITF bodies. Largest one is probably based out of North Korea. Others in Europe, etc. Lesser population worldwide. Now, WTF TKD is this behemoth of an organization and you'll find WTF TKD practiced in the farthest reaches of the world - from the high mountains of the Himalayas to the villages of Africa. The other day CNN was showing Taliban/Al Qaida training in Afghanistan, and guess what, these recruits were kicking those WTF kicking paddles (those kidney-shaped ones) with WTF style kicks - padachagi, doubles, triples, axe-kicks, etc. complete with tournament style "wachaa" kihaps! UNIFORMS: ITF = open-front jackets with black belts having a black trim at the bottom of the jackets and a black stripe …

The Science of the One-Inch Punch

Forget all those broken boards and crumbled concrete slabs. No feat of martial arts is more impressive than Bruce Lee's famous strike, the one-inch punch. From a single inch away, Lee was able to muster an explosive blow that could knock opponents clean off the ground. Lee mastered it, fans worldwide adored it, and Kill Bill "borrowed" it. But if you're like us, you want to know how it works. While the biomechanics behind the powerful blow certainly aren't trivial, the punch owes far more to brain structure than to raw strength. Biomechanical Breakdown To understand why the one-inch punch is more about mind than muscle, you first have to understand how Bruce Lee delivers the blow. Although Lee's fist travels a tiny distance in mere milliseconds, the punch is an intricate full-body movement. According to Jessica Rose, a Stanford University biomechanical researcher, Lee's lightning-quick jab actually starts with his legs.

The Science of Developing Punching Power

Surprisingly few boxing coaches and trainers know the most effective ways to develop this power beyond hitting a heavy bag. Lifting weights is an obvious solution, but often the strength developed from heavy bench pressing doesn’t translate into knockout power. 1 – One reason for disappointing results with strength training to improve punching power is a lack of understanding of the concept of sport specificity. Using bands in simulated punching movements is a terrible idea, invented/promoted by people who have no clue on how to train. Bands provide the most tension at the end of a movement, and as such they will affect coordination patterns. More precisely, the bands decelerate the arms towards the end of a movement rather than the biceps; when the fighter goes back to trying to punch without the bands, often they decelerate too late or too early. Decelerating too late cause harmful hyperextension of the elbow, and decelerating too early reduces punching power, and give the opportunity…

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Would you be able to defend yourself and your loved ones if someone were to physically attack you? It’s a question most of us don’t want to consider, but violence is, unfortunately, a fact of life. Thankfully, regardless of strength, size, or previous training, anyone can learn several effective self-defense techniques. Here’s how to prepare for and stay safe in common real-world violent situations.
Prevention Is the Best Self-Defense First, remember that prevention is the best self-defense. Attackers, whatever their objectives, are looking for unsuspecting, vulnerable targets. So be sure to follow general safety tips like being aware of your surroundings, only walking and parking in well-lit areas, keeping your keys in hand as you approach your door or car, varying your route and times of travel, and other personal security precautions.