Here’s a video of the Sil Lum Tao done at a fairly fast speed. You can clearly hear the correct breathing which is a deeply intrinsic part of “playing” forms.
Here’s a little video I made to illustrate when emotion reaction creeps into a strike
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)
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:
This is a very funny yet somehow very true video. The comedian Paul Kaye (Dennis Pennis) really captures the sharp reality of two stereotypical behaviours. The brutality of the average soccer thug is something we, as martial artists must never forget. But at the same time it mustn’t stop us from continuing to search for the inner peace that correct martial practice can bring.