Double Knock Out

One of the essential facts that we need to assimilate fully when it comes to understanding the mechanics of physical combat is just how predominant the use of the right hand (usually rear) is. When humans are under pressure they will always revert to what they know best. However what and how we “know” something is a very big variable and a bit of a mystery that is buried at various levels of our subconscious. To cut to the chase if we do not embody techniques at a deep enough level then our deep level instinctual responses will over ride them every time when we are under pressure. The tendency to revert to right hand strikes is part of the instinctual fight/flight response which issues from the brain stem. The brain stem or “lizard brain” as it is sometimes called is very similar in all humans and therefor we see identical reactions occurring across a broad spectrum of types and personalities. The double knock out is a good example of this as combatants attack each other using this same weapon. We see it in street fights and “professionals” alike and even left handed people will often go to the right hand strike a true “south paw” is a fairly rare beast! Have a look at this clip all but two are double right hand knock outs:

Front Kick

This series of photos is not really sufficient to show the details of the front kick. Have a look at the IW Front Kick  video for a more in depth study (in the instructional video section)

Derek begins from a right neutral
Derek begins from a right neutral
The right arm has moved across and down from the elbow and the knee has raised in preparation for the yang phase of expansion ie striking
The right arm has moved across and down from the elbow and the knee has raised in preparation for the yang phase of expansion ie striking
The arm extends into Bil Sao and the leg snaps out with toes pointing up (the big toe would also be pulled back to avoid impact with it's tip)
The arm extends into Bil Sao and the leg snaps out with toes pointing up (the big toe would also be pulled back to avoid impact with it’s tip)

June 2016

“If you want the truth to stand clear before you, never be for or against. The struggle between “for” or  “against” is the mind’s worst disease”.

Bruce Lee

This simple direct quote is about ridding yourself of preconceived notions so that you can “be” in front of a situation and open fully to it’s manifestations in the present moment.

..awareness and presence are the first two lines of defence